RECI (Research in Education and Community Intervention) is a Research Unit (RU) focused on the issues of inclusion and lifelong learning and on social interventions to promote the communities’ well-being and quality of life, by privileging participatory methodologies that increase knowledge. The results of scientific production aim to become practices, methods, devices and tools with a direct impact in populations, while influencing the public and policy-makers’ opinion – leading to changes in education, healthcare and social protection policies, namely concerning vulnerable and socially excluded populations.
Since January 1st 2015, RECI is co-funded and acknowledged by the Portuguese national funding agency for science, research and technology (FCT) as a Research and Development Unit (UID/Multi/04587/2013).
Misson and goals
RECI’s mission is to ensure the development of socially responsible research projects, particularly those based on participative research and action methodologies, which aim to respond to identified problems, introduce transformations in the reality analysed and generate social learning. Starting from the basic principles of this mission, strategic vectors of action are defined, for which objectives are established and actions are planned with a view to their realization.
Knowledge society, the leading role of science and technology – where universities play a leading role – and the globalization of culture, threatens and hinder social progress in underprivileged social groups and raises new forms of human exploitation. RECI aims to take, through research and intervention, a stand before these problems by representing and analysing the values of co-existence, social responsibility, citizens’ empowerment and contributing to the search for solutions.
To become a reference, national and international, in bridging through research and intervention, the needs of populations well-being and life quality. Scientific knowledge outreach directed to underprivileged groups would be a powerful instrument for people empowerment and self-development. It will also be a form of the social fulfilment compromise of scientists and their scholarship of teaching.
RECI intends to continue to work strategically on a close link between health and education, in particular on the social dimensions which are transversal to these two areas of knowledge. For this purpose, research projects within the RECI should progressively be based on three axes that are understood to be in mutual articulation and feedback: research, intervention and politics.
In general terms, RECI aims to:
- establish itself as an unavoidable resource for scientists, professionals and decision-makers in the national context; to produce knowledge/policies in educational, health, human rights and community domains;
- influence the definition of health and public education policies, by contributing – through consistent advocacy activities – to make them fairer, more humanistic and evidence-based; RECI will develop advocacy actions to put pressure on policy-makers and operationalize research results. [In this sense, RECI’s action plan goes beyond scientific production in restricted terms and includes advocacy actions in order to make political pressure and operationalize research results]
- contribute to fill gaps in scientific production in health, human rights, community intervention and education domains;
- promote the use of action-research methodologies by intervention projects and encourage the production of knowledge based on empirical action experiences;
- share scientific outputs in a systematic way, not only on academic contexts, but also among professionals, community agents and decision-makers.
- Instituto Piaget, Cooperativa para o Desenvolvimento Humano, Integral e Ecológico CRL
- Agência Piaget para o Desenvolvimento (APDES)
The organic structure set forth for RECI is intended to respond to articulating social and heath education research, social policies and interventions and being capable to maximizing expertise available in both partners and benefiting from the community based expertise to better intervene, use and implement the best practices being tested.
Management structure, as described in its bylaws is organized by four organs:
Scientific Coordinator: Miguel Barbosa
Assistant Coordinators: Fernanda Belizário e Hélder Pinto.
Scientific Council: Composed by all integrated researchers of RECI.
Scientific Advisory Committee: Composed by a number of invited renowned scientists in the research areas included in RECI. Their mission is to accompany and advise on the project implementation methodologies and results assessment: José Antonio Caride Gómez, Alan Twelvetrees e Leo Pas.
1) Inclusion and lifelong learning
The first line focuses on social spaces where exclusion/inclusion processes are clearer: school, community and work. Therefore, it aims to: (i) promote the transformation of schools into educational centres and the development of extra-curricular interventions by educators, in order to encourage local development and community’s cohesion; (ii) optimise the available resources and promote institutional solidarity by sharing strategies to prevent social exclusion of vulnerable populations; (iii) assess the learning needs of companies, establish adequate skills profiles and develop specific courses.
2) Social practices and communities well-being and life-quality
The second line focuses on health as an instrument of social equality and justice. This way, it aims to: (i) study community interventions and outreach methods that meet the needs of the population in terms of health and social protection; (ii) assess experimental and innovative action-research methodologies, in order to identify new approaches to the identified needs; (iii) produce knowledge, thus contributing to an integrated, multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to health and social phenomena – in order to promote the communities’ participation and equality.
O KinesioLab é uma Unidade de Investigação do Instituto Piaget dedicada à investigação na área do Movimento Humano.
O KinesioLab agrega 4 Laboratórios, um em cada Campus do Instituto Piaget: Almada, Silves, Vila Nova de Gaia e Viseu.
Missão e objetivos
A Unidade de Investigação KinesioLab dedica-se à investigação científica, ensino, prestação de serviços técnicos especializados e transferência de conhecimento na área do desporto, seja de alto rendimento ou clínico desportivo, e também na área da saúde.
Coordinator: Denise Soares
Assistant Coordinators: José Luís Sousa e Gustavo Desouzart.
- Amândio Dias
- António Ferraz
- Beatriz Minghelli
- César Amorim
- Cidália Freitas
- Denise Soares
- Fábio Flores
- Fernando Vieira
- Gustavo Desouzart
- Inês Ribeiro
- José Luís Sousa
- José Mira
- Luís Silva
- Paula Rodrigues
- Paulino Gomes
- Pedro Leite
- Sandra Gagulic
- Sara Santos
- Sónia Lopes
- Susana Barata Teixeira
- Tiago Silva
- Valdemar Salselas
- Vanessa Leite
- Verónica de Abreua
Linhas de investigação
Covid-Active: Projeto que visa a avaliação da intensidade das aulas de educação física em contexto de Pandemia, com o objetivo de determinar se as aulas cumprem as recomendações internacionais de atividade física para crianças;
App Validation: Projeto realizado com o objetivo de validar aplicações de telemóveis desenvolvidas para monitorização da atividade física;
Safe Card: Projeto com objetivos de (1) Avaliar o risco de lesão na comunidade desportiva (15-18 anos) e (2) Desenvolver e Disponibilizar medidas preventivas com o propósito de reduzir o risco de futuras lesões e/ou a gravidade das mesmas.
Bem-Sénior: Projeto financiado pelo IPDJ, para promoção de atividade física para idosos, através da Dança Tradicional Portuguesa e o Futebol a Andar.
PECSE — Postural education in a controlled sleep environment: Influence of postural sleeping education in increasing sleep quality perception, decreasing spinal musculoskeletal pain perception and pain-related molecular markers
POSTURAMENTE: Educação Postural em crianças e adolescentes
- Avaliação da Condição Física de Atletas de diferentes modalidades: Futebol, Judo;
- Avaliação da composição corporal;
- Acompanhamento para a prevenção de lesões desportivas;
- Avaliação técnica de movimento: correção da técnica, determinação do tipo de calçado adequado, desvios posturais.
Missão e objetivos
Coordinator: Rui Gonçalves
Assistant Coordinators: José Almas e Wilson Lucas.
Linhas de investigação