Presentation of the Narcea-UCJC Book Collection on Educational Policy

Camilo José Cela University today presented the Educational Policy Collection co-edited with Narcea Ediciones. The first two books commissioned to inaugurate this collection have been Reformas educativas del siglo XXI para un aprendizaje más profundo. Una perspectiva internacional , by Fernando Reimers, director of the Global Initiative for Educational Innovation at Harvard University and a collaborator at Camilo José Cela University and La gobernanza de los sistemas educativos. Fundamentos y orientaciones, by Francisco López Rupérez, director of the Chair of Educational Policies at the Camilo José Cela University. The event was moderated by Carmen Sánchez Ovcharov, dean of the UCJC Faculty of Education and was held at the UCJC Almagro building.  Monica Gonzalez Navarro, Managing Director of Narcea, said that “as a publisher, we have a commitment to show that another education is possible” and underlined “the importance of education as an engine of progress and advancement.”

Francisco López Rupérez, explained that “for those of us who have been discussing educational policies over the last three decades, we can clearly see an increased interest in the role of education in the future of the economy and society”, something that encouraged the writing of his book.

In his presentation, he emphasised the concept of governance and the effort to empirically investigate it to “not only establish its characteristics, but also to be able to define and establish a causal relationship between its quality and the development of educational policies” because, as he underlined, “they go hand in hand, and that is why this book stresses that close union with the aim of changing through teaching”.

Fernando Reimers also took part online, warning at the start of his presentation that “covid has increased educational inequality and consequently social inequality, but it has also made it possible to discover students’ ability to learn in an alternative way, autonomously, without the daily guidance from their teachers ”.

Professor Reimers has spent the past 15 months studying the effects of the pandemic on educational systems and emphasised in his speech “the value of systematic knowledge” and highlighted the value of this collection by UCJC and Narcea.

Among the conclusions of his study, he offered recommendations regarding “recovering deep learning, such as education or skills for the 21st century”, the result of a comparative study of different countries in the world. Thus, “they offer a laboratory from which it is possible to learn, especially from those countries that have been  studied less” and he gave  the example of Portugal, having made great strides thanks to educational policies implemented in recent years. “This continuum of educational policies and reforms is a process of adaptation and learning and it is very difficult when policies come and go, preventing the educational community from implementing them and learning from the results” and he said that “it is It is important to insist on this, because there is a tradition, perhaps Hispanic, that reality is changed through the laws”.

Reimers also stressed the need to design assessment as part of the implementation strategies, taking into consideration families and students themselves, creating mechanisms and capacity for reforms and ensuring consistency in designing sequences, because “no reform can achieve results in less than 15 years, or more.”

The president of SEK Education Group, Nieves Segovia, gave the closing address at the event. “Both Fernando and Francisco have opened our eyes today to the importance of educational policies” explaining that “it is not the State who goes to lessons every day, teachers and students do, that is why they are so important. We want society to know that we have learnt a lot in recent months, and we have an opportunity to improve educational policies and for society to joins us in demanding a better education for young people around the world”. She also remarked that “we have also reminded ourselves of the importance of continuing to advance in this regard from higher education. ”

UCJC, in its commitment to improve governance, not only in Spain but also in Latin America, has launched a Master’s Degree in Education Policies and Governance, as another way of developing capacities and influencing effectively intermediary government bodies. Furthermore, with the publication of this collection the UCJC is also committed to this task of training and promoting research so that policies are guided by science.