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Roots of Education for the Future (REduF)

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Abstract: The Roots of Education for the Future (REduF) project is an interdisciplinary research and cultural intervention project that focuses on the educational cultural heritage of an interior region.

REduF aims at four main objectives: to investigate, safeguard and reuse the built, mobile and immaterial educational heritage as an endogenous resource in the region; to form human capital to preserve and exploit the Regional Cultural Heritage; to create an Interdisciplinary, Transboundary and Interregional Center for the Memory of Education (CITRIME); promoting innovative ways of disseminating cultural goods. The implementation of CITRIME responds to the need to overcome simple cultural guardianship and interpretation by projecting the symbolic capital embodied in artefacts as an element of economic valorization and social cohesion of the regions, linked to cultural and cross-border tourism. It uses the action-research methodology, crossing different approaches but giving priority to the collection of regional educational and school traditions, oral history, ethnography, studies of material culture.

REduF will carry out a training program whose objective is to enable people from the region to establish themselves and intervene in the preservation and enhancement of cultural heritage. This program assumes two strands: one on cultural heritage aimed at young people linked to the area of public relations and services with a focus on tourism; another one aimed at senior teachers, who will collaborate in the collection of memories and heritage.

Having Murça preserved a built nucleus representative of the evolution of school buildings from the early twentieth century to the present, REduF will reuse one of these patrimonial spaces, made available by the Autarchy, to install CITRIME. Inserted in the region of the international Douro will function as an interregional coordinator of socio-cultural cohesion and of the economic and tourist development of the Duriense, Transmontana and cross-border regions.

It will act in the promotion of cultural authenticity of the regions, using the creative potential of the symbolic heritage of all generations, in its multiple aspects (architectural, mobile, immaterial and natural, ethnographic and its incidence in education).

The implementation of CITRIME includes the elaboration of cultural products in support of the exhibition, dissemination of educational activities allied to information technologies and creative forms of dissemination. For the dissemination will be created: cultural and scientific content for the website using animation and video, the inaugural exhibition and a temporary exhibition. The organization of cultural events - seminars, conferences, research internships, study visits - will attract visitors to the region, so CITRIME will collaborate in activities aimed at cultural tourism, participating in the definition of itineraries and tourist itineraries. CITRIME will be a center of historical-pedagogical research and creative dissemination.

Ref. PTDC/CED-EDG/30342/2017

Timeline: september 2018- september 2022

Team Members
CIIE/Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação da Universidade do Porto (Proponente/coordenador)
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto (FLUP)
Funding Entity
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT)
Ano de início


Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Via Panorâmica, s/n
4150-564 Porto, Portugal

Phone: +351 226 077 132


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Ref. UIDP/00727/2020

Ref. UIDB/00727/2020