This week the Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), Bridget Hame, traveled to Portugal to give lectures at the University of Porto and Higher Institute of Applied Psychology (ISPA) in Lisbon. The broad theme of this visit centered around teacher-student interactions and the ways to support teachers through coaching and coursework.
Hamre’s lectures were entitled “Understanding and Improving Teacher-Student Interactions in Preschool to High School Classrooms: An Overview of Recent Findings.” Hamre also met with the teams of researchers to further discuss application of new research findings in Portugal schools.
Several researchers in Portugal are interested in teacher-student interactions in Portuguese classrooms and have used the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), which was developed and validated at CASTL. A post-doctoral researcher at the University of Porto and host for these lectures, Joana Comida, recently published a paper in the Journal of School Psychology demonstrating how teacher-student interactions in Portuguese first grade classrooms contributed to children’s early literacy skills.
Researchers from the Psychology and Educational Science department at the University of Porto received a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to support these lectures. This work further promotes the mission of CASTL to foster international partnerships and develop innovative support systems in education.