Educational practice is an activity that needs to be constantly renewed to align with the changes produced by the transformation of society itself. New educational needs require new ideas to understand those needs, and support of technologies capable of coping: were the oral stories and games first, after slate and notebooks, later came the books and teaching materials adapted to learn how to have children, only a few decades ago computers arrived yesterday and slipped between us Internet. Without the evidence provided by the study and systematic research, the work of those who are dedicated to teaching would be supported in the old method of trying to hit and what we learn with this method would be lost when, al jubilarnos, we left School.
“El C.E.I. Maria Montessori commitment to research as a way to improve educational activity carried their teachers. That continuous improvement is the basis for the children who attend the Centre also learn to be better every day.”
Since the school year 2010-2011, el C.E.I. Maria Montessori maintains a collaboration with the research group Formative Evaluation Contexts, EVALfor (SEJ-509), involving faculty from the Universities of Cádiz and Sevilla.
Working together has allowed both entities perform and designed various collaborative research which follow a pattern of basic work:
1) Needs related to the assessment of learning and the use of technologies identified (ICT) in C.E.I. María Montessori.
2) The EVALfor group and the management team makes proposals to address that may include teacher training strategies using training centers, conducted with the support of the CEP of Lebrija.
3) The proposals are reviewed, modified and adapted to the reality of the Centre by teachers.
4) Proposals, one checked once, are experienced in some classrooms.
5) When its value is appreciated, proposals apply to the rest of downtown on paper.
6) A close-fitting software to the proposed assessment is made.
7) Software is experienced in the classroom until a version that the teachers and the school management considered adequate.
The result of collaboration between C.E.I. Maria Montessori and the research group EVALFOR have presented papers at conferences, seminars on research Jornadas. Then the papers are related including a link to the relevant scientific meeting:
– Assessment for learning literacy in early childhood education. Development of new tools for evaluation. XVI International Congress of the Spanish Society of Teaching of Language and Literature, Teaching of Spanish / Foreign Language: Research, Planning and future prospects. Braga, Portugal, 3 to the 5 December 2013.
– Assessment for learning in early childhood education through ICT: Development and evaluation of a model. V Congress of Early Childhood Education and Training of Teachers: For a child's future school quality and. Antequera, Malaga, 30 October to 2 November 2013. Organizer: Research Group
– HEVAFOR: An application to improve teachers' skills related to the assessment of learning. III International Congress on best practices with ICT. Malaga, 23 to the 25 October.
– Assessing Literacy in Preschool. Ezer 2013- The European Conference on Educational Research. Istanbul, Turkey, 10 to the 13 September 2013.
Products Generated from the collaboration of CIS. Maria Montessori and others.
– HEVAFOR (Formative assessment tool). This is an application developed in collaboration with SESID, a spin-off of the University of Seville, and the group and EVALFOR. The HEVAFOR tool relies on a web server and an application for mobile devices (tablets and smartphones) allows teachers to carry out continuous assessment to promote student learning in early childhood education.
The following organizations support the educational work being done in the CIS. Maria Montessori providing human resources and other materials provide resources such as computers, tablets on electronic whiteboards.