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The educational and curricular policies of the last two decades reflectattention to the quality of teaching by associating it with educational success,the improvement of student learning and the professional development ofteachers. In this article we present some of the results of an investigationcarried out with Portuguese teachers from the first cycle of basic education,who had, as their main objective, the understanding of the impact ofeducational and curricular policies on the development and identity of teachers,as well on the quality of teaching. We took as references various legaldocuments, especially the new Statute for a Teaching Career STC and theEvaluation of Teacher Performance ETP and other programs implemented by thePortuguese Ministry of Education. This longitudinal study was carried out overthree years and it adopted a methodology of both a qualitative andquantitative nature, which permitted us to understand the perceptions ofteachers of the first cycle of basic education using: 1 written and oralbiographical narratives; 2 discussion groups formed specially for thepurpose; and 3 replies from 249 questionnaires returned by teachers of thiscycle. In this text we will report the results of analyzing the replies fromthe questionnaires and the statistical analysis made with the Chi-squared Testand the T-Test, which corroborate other studies carried out, particularly at aninternational level and which reveal that the teachers felt that theeducational policies interfered negatively with their work, thus provoking: aweakening of their professional relationships, interaction with their peers andtheir collaborative work, as well as professional demotivation and disinvestmentwith a resulting negative impact on the quality of their teaching.


Educational Policies, Teaching Work, Quality of Teaching

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Silva, A. and Herdeiro, R. 2014 Educational Policies and the Quality of Teaching: Perceptions of Portuguese Teachers. Creative Education, 5, 940-947. doi: 10.4236-ce.2014.511107.

Autor: Ana Maria Costa e Silva, Rosalinda Herdeiro



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