OBVIE - Observatory



The CIIE-FPCEUP has developed research projects and interventions focused on emerging issues in school education, specifically those related to educational policies, curriculum, professional identities of teachers and their initial and ongoing training, as well as children, youth and teachers' experiences in schools and the impact of formal education in their lives,identities and relations with their wider social contexts.

In this framework, the dynamics of an "Observatory of Life in Schools" (OBVIE) allows creating a network of knowledge integrative of emergent contributions from research projects - whose object and / or field of study consider the School and its heterogeneity and complexity epistemological - developed in different areas of CIIE and within partnerships with institutions and associations and also projects from which is possible to build up new knowledge from a process of sharing diverse expertises, experiences and informations.

Using Education Research procedures, the Observatory has the following general objectives:

  • Understand, analyze, disseminate and discuss the social reality of kindergartens, primary schools and secondary schools of the northern part of Portugal;
  • Provide information that can support decision making in matters of education policy and in the design and development of educational projects in schools;
  • To be a supporting setting for the development of other national and international research projects.


  • To implement a network of information collection based on the use of research methodologies and protocols, which purpose is to establish access to updated information about life in schools;
  • To produce knowledge in two core areas that have implications in schools’ decisions: teaching - learning processes and school climate and organization;
  • Produce knowledge in different domains with implications on the schools ways of life, concerning namely with education policies, curriculum development, school administration, teacher education, educational relationships and informal relationships that happen in schools;
  • To meet the specific educational and relational processes experienced in different schools;
  • To create devices for updated systematic dissemination of produced knowledge;
  • To enable prospective discussions between members of educational practitioners and educational researchers communities about national and international results of the observatory's projects;
  • To establish partnerships with other national and international observatories.


The concept of Observatory that guides us is not reduced to a mere analysis device. It intends to be a complex entity that sets up systematic procedures of knowledge production about life in schools in partnership with these same schools. At the same time it aims at promote sharing and debate with the practitioners who work on the studied settings namely through the establishment of a communication network based on various media. This is about setting up 'hybrid forums' between different actors and social entities enabling analysis and reflections based on knowledge of different origins and types, providing a kaleidoscopic approach to life in schools.

The Observatory focuses its activity in «observing» kindergartens, primary and secondary schools from the northern part of Portugal, although if necessary, the geographic scope of the observatory is extended to other parts of the country.


OBVIE has a dynamic team of researchers from CIIE depending on the ongoing projects. The OBVIE's activity depends on established protocols with various research entities, schools, the main partners of the Observatory, but also teachers' training centers, professional and scientific associations and other organizations with which a partnership might be appropriate.

The establishment of partnerships with schools was vital to obtain field data. It was equally important to find a representative in each partner school that assumed the tasks of facilitating data collection and of being a part of the research team in comparative analysis. This last aspect is important because it fosters the idea of learning with other points of view.


Although the development of OBVIE is regulated by systematic activities of reflection and analysis produced within its coordination and board, the research teams and regular seminars with partners, it is made a biannual evaluation of the Observatory's activity in order to systematize the results and reshape the established agenda.


Daniela Ferreira

Thiago Freires


Marina Barros

Louise Lima


Amélia Lopes
Ariana Cosme
Elisabete Ferreira
Fátima Pereira
Isabel Menezes
Preciosa Fernandes
Rui Trindade

Carlinda Leite (consultant)


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Phone Number




Partners - Schools Clusters

  • Agrupamento de Escolas À Beira Douro
  • Agrupamento de Escolas Abel Salazar, Matosinhos
  • Agrupamento de Escolas Aurélia de Sousa (EB Augusto Gil), Porto
  • Agrupamento de Escolas Alexandre Herculano, Porto
  • Agrupamento de Escolas António Nobre, Porto
  • Agrupamento de Escolas D. Afonso Henriques (EB Vila das Aves), Santo Tirso
  • Agrupamento de Escolas da Senhora da Hora, Matosinhos
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Canelas, Vila Nova de Gaia
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Cerco, Porto
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Cristelo, Paredes
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Dr. Costa Matos, Vila Nova de Gaia
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Gondifelos, Vila Nova de Famalicão
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Leonardo Coimbra Filho, Porto
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Manoel de Oliveira, Porto
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Matosinhos, Matosinhos
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Padrão da Légua, Matosinhos
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Paredes, Paredes
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Pedome, Pedome
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Perafita, Matosinhos
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Rio Tinto n.º2, Rio Tinto, Gondomar
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Rio Tinto n.º3, Rio Tinto, Gondomar
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Rodrigues de Freitas, Porto
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Sande, Sande
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Santa Bárbara, Fânzeres, Gondomar
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Santa Cruz da Trapa, Viseu
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de São Pedro da Cova, Gondomar
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Senhora da Hora, Matosinhos
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Silves Sul, Armação de Pêra
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Souselo, Cinfães
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Valongo do Vouga, Águeda
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Vilela, Paredes
  • Agrupamento de Escolas dos Carvalhos, Vila Nova de Gaia
  • Agrupamento de Escolas Dr. José Domingos dos Santos, Matosinhos
  • Agrupamento de Escolas Irmãos Passos, Matosinhos
  • Agrupamento de Escolas Fernanco Casimiro Pereira da Silva, Rio Maior
  • Agrupamento de Escolas Fernando Távora, Guimarães
  • Agrupamento de Escolas Pêro Vaz de Caminha, Porto
  • Agrupamento de Escolas Professor Óscar Lopes, Matosinhos
  • Agrupamento de Escolas Virgínia Moura, Guimarães
  • Escola Secundária Augusto Gomes, Matosinhos
  • Escola Secundária João Gonçalves Zarco, Matosinhos


Partners - Training centres


Alto Minho

  • CENFIPE-Centro de Formação e Inovação dos Profissionais de Educação-Associação de Escolas/Agrupamentos do Alto  Lima e Paredes de Coura



  • CFAE dos Concelhos de Barcelos e Esposende
  • CF Sá de Miranda
  • CF Alto Cávado
  • CF Francisco de Holanda
  • CF Martins Sarmento
  • CF  Basto
  • CFAE P. Varzim e V. Conde


Trás Montes  e Alto Douro

  • CF de Escolas de  Vila Real
  • CF de Associação de Escolas Douro e Távora
  • CFAE de Alto Tâmega e Barroso


Grande Porto Norte

  • CFAE – Matosinhos
  • CFAE – MaiaTrofa


Grande Porto Sul

  • CF Gaia Nascente


Vale de Sousa e Baixo Tâmega

  • CF da Associação de Escolas de Amarante e Baião