Rescued Memories, (Re)constructed Identities: Schooling experiences and local education dynamics

Researcher in charge

Ana Isabel Madeira


Justino Pereira de Magalhães (Co-IR)

Luiz Miguel Oosterbeek

Áurea do Carmo da Conceição Adão

Ernesto Candeias Martins

Carlos Miguel de Jesus Manique da Silva

Raquel Pereira Henriques

Helena Cabeleira

António Manuel Martins da Silva

José David Gomes Justino

Maria Clara Monteiro Freire da Cruz

Paulo Alexandre Estêvão Grande Candeias

Carolina Carvalho


The project aims at contributing to the practice of an active citizenship and to the building of life learning processes, sustained by the exploration of memory and the local historical patrimony connected to education and schooling in the rural environment. In concrete terms we aim at, through the gathering of oral and written testimonies, throughout in depth interviews and autobiographies, to fix as sources, for future memory, life experiences of peoples relating to school culture.

The project seeks also to build an educational memory at the local level, identifying the material and immaterial patrimony associated with education and teaching (buildings, iconography, teachers and pedagogues, biographies, ephemerides, school museums, local and regional press, school statistics, study tours). A third issue of the project is directed to the production of a local history curriculum and to the organization of a teacher training program involving the local actors (citizens, local history specialists, teachers and researchers) and the institutional partners (universities, institutions of higher education, local development associations, and school teacher’s training association centers). The project, thus, unfolds in three inter-articulated axes: 1) The building of historical sources funded on the gathering, systematization and production of knowledge about schooling experiences, which we name as Memory axis; 2) The identification of the historical educational patrimony at the local cultural level, to which we refer as Patrimony axis; and 3) The production of tangible materials (programmes, curriculum, and thematic modules) associated with teaching and training in the domain of the educational local history, which we name as Education axis.

Besides curriculum building aimed at formal education practices (basic and secondary education cycles), this project dimension includes the production of materials susceptible of being used in touristic promotion through the creation of local history contents associated with thematic circuits and routes, articulating tourism in the rural space with the historical and cultural dimension. The objectives and results targeted by the project meets a number of priority axes set by Programa Operacional Regional do Centro 2014-2020 (CRER 2020).

The valorization of the regional and of the local as an historical source, the promotion of regional/local identity and the inter-generational learning around the thematic of schooling allows the furthering of a dialogue that is crucial for knowledge transfer and to safeguard experience-based personal knowledge which is transferable to community development. On the other hand, by establishing communities of practice, the project proposes to develop research, knowledge production and teacher training networking activities, enabling the creation of innovative dynamics, bringing forward an active citizenship and community cohesion through the sharing of cultural-educational experiences.

Project code

Projeto n.º 29091

Intervention Region

Área Metropolitana de Lisboa e Centro

Beneficiary Entities

Proponent – Instituto de Educação da Universidade de Lisboa
Participants – Instituto Politécnico de Tomar e Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco

Date of approval


Development period

01/10/2018 – 30/09/2022

Total eligible cost

200.645,11 Euros

Financial support from the European Union (ERDF/FNR)

80.791,29 Euros

National/regional public financial support

119.853,82 Euros

Projeto MRIR


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