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Official presentation of the International Observatory on the Teaching Profession

The OBIPD is the brainchild of the government-backed research group FODIP of the Department of Teaching and Learning and Educational Organization

The OBIPD is the brainchild of the government-backed research group FODIP of the Department of Teaching and Learning and Educational Organization

12/01/2011

On 11 January, the Aula Magna in the UB’s Historic Building (Gran Via, 585) was the setting for the official institutional presentation of the International Observatory on the Teaching Profession (OBIPD), organized by the Group on Teacher Training and Pedagogical Innovation (FODIP) of the Department of Teaching and Learning and Educational Organization.

 

Contributions were made by Dr. M. Teresa Anguera, Vice-Rector for Teaching and Science Policy; Dr. Francesc Imbernon, Director of the OBIPD; Dr. Paulino Carnicero, Director of the Department of Teaching and Learning and Educational Organization; and Dr. Anna Escofet, Dean of the Faculty of Education. The inaugural speech, made by Dr. Denise Vaillant, a professor from ORT Uruguay University and President of the OBIPD, focused on challenges and opportunities in the teaching profession.
 
The International Observatory on the Teaching Profession – the only initiative of its kind in the world – is an independent body set up by a group of European and Latin American universities and partner institutions with the aim of facilitating analysis and action in the teaching profession.
 
The OBIPD is the brainchild of the government-backed research group FODIP, coordinated by Dr. Francesc Imbernon, and its roots can be traced back to 2003, when FODIP researchers began to work with other prestigious research groups in Europe and Latin America (through seminars, joint research projects and mobility initiatives between groups).
 
The observatory’s work will focus on harnessing the expertise of higher education institutions in Europe and Latin America to analyse the different factors that influence the teaching profession, leading to the development of cooperative innovation strategies to ensure quality in teaching practice and greater effectiveness and efficiency across education systems. The OBIPD also intends to launch a virtual platform for internal and external communication, providing permanent access to information on key developments in the teaching sector in Europe and Latin America. Finally, the observatory will promote a range of research, training and information initiatives based on the concept of cooperative knowledge creation in a multilateral, cross-institutional and international context.
 
The presentation was organized to coincide with the 4th OBIPD International Seminar on “Teacher training in competences”, which was held on 11-12 January in the Llevant Building on the University of Barcelona’s Mundet Campus.
 

Further information: http://www.ub.edu/obipd/index.html.

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