Ensino profissional
: construir um projeto de vida : retratos de uma missão possível nas escolas secundárias públicas

  • Carlos Alberto Gomes Lopes Novo (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This essay is a reflection on the last six years of my career which I consider very significant in my professional trail, for it refers to the development of a new mode of teaching in public secondary schools. That experience targeted the implementation and development of vocational courses at a secondary level and was experienced between the scholar years of 2006/2007 up to 2010/2011 at the “Agrupamento de Escolas de Melgaço” and this last scholar year of 2011/2012 at the Secondary School of Monção. These courses aim vocational training of teenagers, valuing, therefore, the development of competences to perform a certain job/profession. They are vocational courses for students who have different aspirations and vocations: entering a workforce in the labor market after finishing grade 12, where basic skills to perform a job is dominant but can also give the opportunity to continue higher school education. The vocational courses should fit the youths in an updated and integrated way in the working world, as complete professionals and as enlightened and engaged citizens. This reflection begins with a narration of facts occurred throughout those six years during the development of vocational courses mostly characterized by change, by collaborative work, by the involvement of the intervenients, by a school in a learning process, by a social image of those courses and by the students’ success and that helped my professional emancipation. Subsequently, its elucidation and interpretation was made in the light of the theoretical frameworks of the Education Sciences. The reflection of the experience on the ground in two totally different school realities show the importance of the development of vocational education with quality made by the public secondary schools, as a sense of accomplishing the goals defined by the National Reform Programs, Portugal 2020.
Date of Award2012
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorCristina Palmeirão (Supervisor)


  • Change
  • Collaborative work
  • Involvement of the intervenients
  • School in a learning process
  • Social image of vocational education
  • Students’ success


  • Mestrado em Ciências da Educação

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