Successful seminar on Teacher Training in Valparaíso

The evaluation of the Seminar on Initial Teacher Training was very positive, which for two days brought together academics and education experts from all over the country in Valparaíso. The meeting was organized by the University of Playa Ancha and the Council of Rectors.

With a large gathering of experts, the Seminar on Initial Teacher Training was held in Valparaíso, which for two days (November 20 and 21), took place at the University of Playa Ancha. In the meeting, the policies around the subject of teacher training were analyzed and both the teacher evaluation systems (with emphasis on the Initiates test) as well as the practices of pedagogy students and the situation of these students in their training institutions were reviewed. .

At the event, prominent experts in the field gathered. The first presentation, “Beginning Evaluation and Teaching Management”, was in charge of the outstanding academic Erika Himmel (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), National Prize of Education 2011. After a presentation of the complex current situation regarding the evaluation of professors , concluded that "in Chile teacher evaluation has begun, but it lacks further development in aspects such as the construction of more valid instruments for the evaluation of curricular designs."

His presentation was commented on by the academics María Liliana Delgadillo (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso), Cristián Sánchez (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) and Jaqueline Gysling (Universidad de Chile), plus contributions from other seminar attendees.

Student as center
On the first day of the seminar, the importance of practices in the training process of future teachers was highlighted, a topic that was widely analyzed the following day by Horacio Walker (Diego Portales University) and commented on by academics Carla Barría (University of Concepción), Pelusa Orellana (University of Los Andes) and Claudio Almonacid (Metropolitan University of Educational Sciences).

Walker highlighted the great heterogeneity that exists in our country when addressing practices, despite the consensus on their importance. "It seems that, as a country, we still do not have a consensus regarding what a student should do in the final stages of their training as teachers, in something that defines a teacher, such as taking classes."

It is not the only uncertainty regarding the students. A quick exercise proposed by the Academic Vice-Rector of the UPLA, Tito Larrondo González, allowed to obtain a unanimous opinion from those attending the seminar: there are no policies regarding university students, especially those of pedagogies.

Positive balance
María Teresa Marshall, executive director of the Council of Rectors, described this seminar as “the most challenging” of those that her entity organizes annually within the framework of the work commissions of the academic vice-rectors of Cruch. In this event organized together with the UPLA, for the first time there was a joint analysis on "the lack of public vision, as a country and as universities, of initial teacher training."

This lack has generated an inorganic and even competitive work of the universities, for which Marshall proposed to continue working on this issue with the vice-chancellors and other groups of academics "to raise this vision on initial teacher training, which from there will go on to public policies, to evaluation systems and universities "