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Child Studies Centre (CIEC)

The main objective of CIEC-UM is to promote high level research and the gathering of scientific knowledge and skills to contribute to the improvement of children’s wellbeing, development and learning.
The financial crisis in Portugal has imposed austerity on citizens, and in this difficult social situation, children are a vulnerable group. CIEC-UM hopes that its rather unique, holistic approach to the study of child welfare, education and health will contribute to addressing the increasing difficulties faced by children, through relevant research.

The overall vision of CIEC-UM is as follows:
» To conduct research using a holistic approach to the study of the child and to develop the capability of researchers working in this field;
» To contribute to policies and practical issues relating to children, especially those affected by social deprivation;
» To provide training and support for professionals working with children, including educators, teachers, nurses and others working in educational, health and social services.

CIEC is hosted at the Institute of Education (IE), University of Minho (UM), in Braga, Portugal.
The CIEC director is Prof. Graça S. Carvalho and the deputy director is Prof. Fernanda Leopoldina Viana.

For CIEC at a glance, download our flyer.

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