Challenges of initial training in times of pandemic: social education internship experience

Ana Camões*, Isabel Baptista

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article addresses the challenges of initial formation in times of pandemics, presenting conclusions resulting from a study on the experience of curricular internship in the degree course in Social Education. In an international context marked by an unprecedented crisis and its human and social consequences, new challenges have arisen for all educators and trainers, especially for those who work in the so-called “front line”, with vulnerable people and communities, as is the case of social educators. For that matter, the study aimed to identify and analyze the challenges, difficulties and learning experiences experienced by final-year Social Education students during their internship period (2019–20), in a higher education institution, located in northern Portugal. The data collected and analyzed highlight traits that are traditionally recognized as structuring the identity profile of social educators while suggesting the need to consolidate and rethink the initial training paradigm, with a focus on the development of complex thinking skills and practical wisdom.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in tourism, technology and systems
Subtitle of host publicationselected papers from ICOTTS 2022
EditorsAntónio Abreu, João Vidal Carvalho, Dália Liberato, Iván Suazo Galdames
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789811999604
ISBN (Print)9789811999598
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2023
EventInternational Conference on Tourism, Technology and Systems, ICOTTS 2022 - Santiago, Chile
Duration: 3 Nov 20225 Nov 2022

Publication series

NameSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
ISSN (Print)2190-3018
ISSN (Electronic)2190-3026


ConferenceInternational Conference on Tourism, Technology and Systems, ICOTTS 2022


  • Curricular internship
  • Initial training
  • Social education
  • Social pedagogy


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