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How can schools create opportunities for children in order to cope with their human development and daily challenges? How can school curricula go from theory to practice and integrate a responsible behavior approach? Today children have many non-academic needs that affect their growth and are not consistently approached by school programmes. Our education systems worldwide do not integrate enough human development aspects that have a permanent impact in our youngsters’ lives.

This webinar will host two investigations carried out by researchers in Lisbon and Hong Kong aiming at understanding two educational local contexts, how they impact youth development and how things can be done better. With a practical focus, the webinar will present these investigations based on two specific projects that are currently carried out in schools of both cities.  

This webinar takes place in the context of the Stone Soup Award 2019 in Research on Social Innovation which focused on educational models that support responsible behaviours. Nuno Archer’s investigation “Psychosocial development and student engagement in school: a study in basic and secondary education” was the winner of the award. On his side, Justin Cheung became finalist with his research “Examining productive cross-generational interaction that facilitate positive behavioral changes among children at-risk in the primary school setting”. This open webinar is an opportunity to discuss today’s main trends in education by taking two very different local contexts as examples and how their common grounds are related to a global bigger picture on the future of education.

Nuno Archer is 42 years old, married and father of 3 daughters. He is currently working at Colégio Pedro Arrupe; since 2010 he embraced the challenge of designing, implementing and evaluating a Human Development Plan to all students, from 03 to 18 years old. With the goal of deepening references and acquiring new tools in what concerns personal and social development, Nuno has completed a master in “Personal and social training", and has continued his research as a PhD student in Psychology of Education (Instituto da Educação da Universidade de Lisboa). Nuno is also connected with different initiatives for the enhancement of personal and social competences in educational contexts, in his own parish and in programmes to promote and support family projects.

Justin Cheung received his degree in SocSc Psychology at The Education University of Hong Kong. He is now research assistant at HKU Sau Po Centre on Ageing and Master of Education student at the EdUHK. Justin has various experience in collaborating with older adults at community and research work. He is particularly interested in inter-generation programs in the education field.

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