Department of Social Sciences
The section of didactics of Social Sciences is currently (January 2017) formed by 6 researchers from the campus of Lugo and Santiago and three PHD students, apart from a large number of external associated professors, either linked to the “Asociación Sine Nomine”, either linked to the Proxectoterra (coordinated by Xosé Manuel Rosales - Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Galicia.). Many of us share that double or triple condition. Among our permanent advisers we count on Dr. Jesús Domínguez Castillo (Universidad Nebrija de Madrid), Dra. Lis Cercadillo (Instituto de Evaluación), Dra. Mª Auxiliadora Schmidt (Universidade Federal de Paraná, Brasil) and Dra. Isabel Barca (Universidade do Minho, Portugal).
The themes that are object of reasearch by the group have connections with social, civic and political education, and, specially, our studies focus on 5 spheres interconnected: history education (development of historical conciousness); reasoning compentences and reasoning the teaching and learning of Social Sciencies; buildging of identities, landscape and heritage, and spaces of inclusion and participation.
From our group we coordinate the National Plan of the Project Social competences for a democratic citizenship: analysis, development and assesment (EDU2015-65621-C3-R) in which we develop the Subproject 1: Formal education in the process of building identities and its connection with social competences (EDU2015-65621-C3-1-R). In this subproject participate researchers from the University of Valencia, Nebrija of Madrid and Instituto de Evaluación (IP: Ramón López Facal). Other subprojects are being carried out by the University of Barcelona (Development of the sociopolitical training for a democratic citizenship: design and implementation of didactic matherials in Social Sciences– EDU2015-65621-C3-2-R– IP: Joaquín Prats Cuevas) and the University of Murcia (Assesment of competences and development of cognitive skills about history on Secondary Education – EDU2015-65621-C3-3-R– IP: Pedro Miralles Martínez).
Currently, there are six doctoral thesis ongoing, in different fhases. These are linked to historical thinking and social competences, education and heritage, geographical education, stereothypes, biases and social representations, as well as identities. Mostly, the methodology is qualitative.
We also organize diverse training seminars, debates and try to spread among society our outcomes and researchs in colaboration with other groups and institutions (Museo do Pobo Galego; Grupo de Innovación Sarela; Proxectoterra).
The group belongs to Red14, and it is in charge of its current coordination and administration.