Novos horizontes para a escola e para a disciplina de EMRC

  • José António Braga de Oliveira (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The development paradigm sought by our society does not seem to be reflected in the school institution. We question her about her existential senses, about the coherence between these senses and the technical and methodological apparatus she uses to adapt and preserve her traditional design. In front of this traditional school, in rare contexts and as a contrast, a school that follows a paradigm of desired change and development appears. The obstacles we found when observing the school institution are surprising, despite there being paradigmatic ideas that could make it evolve towards other horizons. We navigate through the bureaucratic writings of public school to discover Ariadne's Thread that can free us from the anchor that keeps ideas fixed to the past, so that with it we can direct our thinking towards the paradigmatic ideas that protect us from the temptation of utopia and opinionated discourse about school. This guiding thread points to the need to find reasons that clarify the feeling of urgency for a change in the culture and organization of the school institution. The support of something successfully implemented, which constitutes a model, could be a catalyst for the advent of innovative ideas that allow us to move forward towards achieving the knowledge necessary to generate a living model that grows, matures and is renewed. It is to this continued renewal that we anchor the concept of “new horizon”. When we reflect on how to look for a new horizon for the school, we understand that it is not the same as looking for a paradigm. The passage of waves of technology that facilitate access to resources, induce thought to become confused and fixate on the appearance of things when the substance truly depends on ideas. Therefore, in our research it was essential to be welldirected in choosing and clarifying ideas, adjusting and increasing them so that they serve as paths along which we can walk towards a vision of a horizon. In this research we found, from within the subject we teach, a second level of obstacles. Two languages emerge in confrontation and the one that imposes a self-explanatory language has persisted, which parades a series of snapshots of reality, but which proves to be insufficient in the current context where a cry for the concreteness of life in relation to the world is rising. It is from this question that we ask ourselves about the mediating role of the EMRC discipline in public schools. What paths can this discipline open up as contributions to this desired change towards new horizons?
Date of Award14 Feb 2024
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorAlfredo Teixeira (Supervisor) & Juan Ambrosio (Co-Supervisor)


  • Autentizotic organization
  • Beauty
  • Tool box
  • Toy box
  • Commitment
  • Living work community
  • School culture
  • Teaching
  • Evolution
  • Horizon
  • Unhealthy conditions
  • Innovation
  • Language
  • Model
  • Long-lasting organization
  • “Fifth discipline”
  • Storyboard
  • Vision


  • Mestrado em Ciências Religiosas

Cite this