Line of Research CL1:
Pedagogical and Didactic Practices

Reading Mediation project through Children’s Literature. Vocabulary Knowledge
Researchers: Luísa Araújo, Rita Brito, Sandrina Esteves, Sara Leite

This project aims to assess the contribution of children’s literature in the expansion of the vocabulary of children aged 3-5 years. For this purpose, it intends to collect and analyze rare vocabulary in Illustrated Books recommended by the National Reading Plan (PNL), as well as collect children’s literature books that exist in internship contexts of students pursuing Master’s Degrees in Teaching. In a second phase, the project includes an analysis of reading mediation practices in preschool education contexts. This study is part of the Strategic Axis 2 – Professional Training and Development, as defined in ISEC Lisboa’s Scientific Policy of 2019-2025. The study has institutional funding and includes the participation of students.

Line of Research CL2:
Organizational and Curriculum Management

The MAp Project – TEYL in the practicum: mapping, supervisory and teaching approaches
Principal Investigator:
José Reis Jorge

• (i) produce and disseminate knowledge on the approaches to supervision and teaching developed in the programs of the Master’s Degree in English Teaching of Primary Education in Portugal, in order to understand the similarities and differences between the internship models, as well as their impact in the development of the student and the teacher;
• (ii) improve the approaches to supervision and teaching based on the research’s results
• (III) consolidate the PEEP/Primary English Education in Portugal Network through joint collaboration in the development and dissemination of the research focused on the concerns of the network’s members and agendas.
This project is part of the research activity of the PEEP/Primary English Education in Portugal Network ( – of which ISEC Lisboa is a member -, and of the action domain of ISEC Lisboa’s Strategic Development Plan of 2017-2020, namely in the Strategic Development Vector (VeDE) 2 – “Knowledge”.
The project is coordinated by the University of Minho and by Lisbon’s NOVA University, and involves all Portuguese Higher Education institutions that teach the Master’s Degree in English Teaching of the 1st Cycle of Basic Education.

“TEACHING to be”
Researchers: Ana Patrícia Almeida, José Reis Jorge, Ricardo Machado, Patrícia Pacheco.

“Teaching to Be” is a European Policy Experimentation project initiative. The project aims to support school teachers’ career improvement by exploring innovative professional development practices to foster and improve teachers’ professional wellbeing. The project is led by Ministries of Education from Lithuania, Latvia, Portugal and Slovenia, in cooperation with several universities and teams of experts in teacher education and mental wellbeing from 8 countries: Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Austria and Norway.
Teachers’ stress and burnout are major concerns all across Europe and worldwide, causing serious challenges to teachers’ health and the school systems. Moreover, increased focus on social and emotional competences across Europe poses new challenges for teachers in maintaining their own wellbeing and delivering effective teaching.
In order to foster teachers’ professional wellbeing and promote practices to support it, the project will develop and examine a set of innovative professional development measures:
– An Online Course on Teachers’ Professional Wellbeing, which will help develop teachers’ practical skills for sustaining their wellbeing through self-regulated learning;
– A Participatory Action Research (PAR) Guide for Schools which will help school communities to work together on school issues, improve professional wellbeing and develop new professional skills for teachers and school leaders.
The project will explore how and to what extent these practices affect teacher’s wellbeing indicators and school level factors. A mixed-methods experimental research, combining a quasi-experimental intervention study (QE) and a qualitative Participatory Action Research (PAR) study in schools will be conducted in 8 countries.
Project actions will involve school teachers, school leaders and other school community members. The outcomes of the project will help promote policies for teachers’ professional wellbeing and will support the systemic teaching and learning of Key-competences in schools.

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING – challenges for teaching

Researchers: Marco Ferreira, José Reis Jorge, Gustau Olcina-Sempere.
Students: Sara Batalha, Rita Fernandes, Maria Filipa Pinheiro, David Santiago.

The project’s objectives are: 1) To understand the conceptions concerning social-emotional learning; 2) To describe the teaching practices associated with social-emotional learning in the classroom context; and 3) Develop and implement training plans for the development of social-emotional skills and teacher well-being.
This project has the participation of four ISEC Lisboa’s students and is part of one of the two Strategic Axes defined in ISEC Lisboa’s Scientific Policy of 2019-2025 – namely the Strategic Axis 2 – Training and Professional Development – as well as of the fields of action of ISEC Lisboa’s Strategic Development Plan, defined in the Strategic Development Vector (VeDE) 2 – “Knowledge”.

Teacher Leadership
Researchers: Ana Patrícia Almeida, Ricardo Machado.

The project involves analyzing the political and cultural contexts of teacher leadership development – namely at the national level – and the way in which cultural factors inform and shape the strategies that optimize it. International literature has drawn attention to the importance of teacher leaders who make a difference in their schools through a variety of initiatives, activities and action research projects. With this project, we aim to know more clearly the national reality and the way how this dimension is apprehended in our context.

Line of Research CL3:
Protection, Safety and Environment Strategies

B-Prepared – Civil Protection Preparedness and Training Multi-Platform Virtual Program
Principal Investigator: Ana Paula Oliveira

B-Prepared (Civil Protection Preparedness and Training Multi-Platform Program) is a training device that uses new forms of technologies, applied to civil protection agents and the population in general, supporting civic education in the field of self-protection. This Internet-based device is based on the development of a multi-platform system, with a level of interactivity and multimedia adjusted to the educational purpose.
The institution responsible for the project is ETI (EMPORDEF – Tecnologias de Informação, S.A.) [Information Technologies]. ISEC Lisboa and INESC TEC (Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science) also participate in the project.

Principal Investigator: Ana Paula Oliveira 

The general objective of the project is the study of the impact of the Civil Protection courses of ISEC Lisboa in the professional activities related to this area of safety, by the graduate students in this academic training. The objective of this project falls within three of the main actions domains of ISEC Lisboa’s Strategic Development Plan (2017/2020):
i) Strategic Development Vector (VeDE) 2 – “Knowledge” – and will contribute to Strategic Objective 2 (Research and publish with students), namely in action 2.2.3 (Conduction of R&D initiatives with student involvement);
ii) Strategic Development Vector (VeDE) 3 – “Quality and Assessment” – and will contribute to Strategic Objective 3 (Services and results), namely in action 3.2.3 (Holding events with ISEC Lisboa’s former students and graduates);
iii) Strategic Development Vector (VeDE) 5 – “Society and Social Responsibility” – and will contribute to Strategic Objective 4 (Open science and social sharing), namely in action 4.1.2 (Holding events to disseminate and release the results of R&TD practices).

Line of Research CL4:
Sustainability and Territory Management

Impact of the ‘Camino de Santiago’ in the Alentejo/Ribatejo Region in the business context related to tourism activity – Caminho da Raia focus. 
Principal Investigator: Ana Neto

This project is part of the research line of CEIA, ISEC Lisboa, Quality and Institutional Sustainability. It aims, through partnerships and gathering information within the framework of guided research, to understand the level of information that the business fabric in the areas covered by the ‘Camino de Santiago’ has about it. It is intended to be released to the general public and local authorities.

Gastronomy identity brands in the Pinhal and Vale do Tejo region

Principal Investigator:
Ana Pereira Neto, with Simone Fernandes and Ana Barqueira, and
the Enogastronomy students of the Hotel Management Bachelor’s Degree of ISEC Lisboa.
Partners: CHAM UNL, ACPP and the Know Now Know How Network.

The following goals are intended to be achieved, in three stages, from 2020 to 2026:
– Understand and show the level of knowledge about traditional cuisine that restaurant and hotel industry professionals have about the tourist resources of each parish and municipality, in the area under analysis, and how they apply it in their production and dissemination, especially regarding local and regional cuisine.
– Presentation of innovative proposals that can be useful for producers, food and hotel industry professionals, and all partners involved in local and regional tourism.
– Knowledge sharing and acculturation. Experiences shared through migratory phenomena – international mobility. Congress.

Removal of Pollutants from wastewater using SPE

Principal Investigator: Luís Moreira
Industries produce and handle toxic products that can cause environmental and health problems, which haven’t been properly monitored, nor their impact truly reduced. A strategy to deal with this type of problem involves extracting pollutants from the resulting waste using a Solid-Phase Extraction (SPE) technique. The SPE, combined with UV-Vis spectroscopy, constitute a powerful method to follow the kinetic adsorption of extracted composites, in particular the so-called BXTE (benzene, xylene, toluene, and ethylbenzene). The project, established in partnership with the Molecular and Engineering Thermodynamics (MET) research group of the Structural Chemistry Center (CQE) of the University of Lisbon (FCUL), includes the collaboration of professors, researchers and students of ISEC Lisboa and the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL). The project intends to study and to develop technological solutions conducive to the removal of wastewater pollutants by using SPE, and is part of the Strategic Axis 1 – Organizational and Environmental Sustainability.

Line of Research CL5:
Administrative Modernization

Survey and mapping of the human resources critical skills of the tourism, hotel and restaurant sectors
Principal Investigator: Ana Barqueira

This applied project has as its general objective the development of a pilot mapping project on the skills of hotel workers, and as specific objectives: the systematization of scientific knowledge on the skills and their respective mapping; conducting a survey on the mapping initiatives of skills in hotels and hotel facilities; the identification of organizational skills in hotels and hotel facilities operating in Portugal; the mapping of the individual.