UCJC, the only Spanish university at Project Zero’s annual meeting at Harvard

Camilo José Cela University participated in the annual meeting of Project Zero held on the campus of Harvard University in Massachusetts (USA), where it was the only Spanish university present at the event. Nieves Segovia, president of SEK Education Group; Carmen Sánchez, dean of the UCJC School of Education; and María Isabel García, director of Innovation and International Alliances, were the representatives of Camilo José Cela University in this meeting with Daniel Wilson, director of Harvard’s Project Zero research center.

SEK Education Group, through the SEK International Schools and the Faculty of Education at Camilo José Cela University, participate in Project Zero’s Learning Outside-In initiative, which has as its mission “to investigate, understand and foster the nature, contexts and conditions in which learning, thinking, ethics, intelligence and creativity develop in all human beings”. Learning Outside-In is the only Spanish research project of the 49 that Project Zero has active worldwide.


Daniel Wilson stated, in one of his visits to Spain to collaborate with the SEK Schools in this initiative, that “our objective is to observe and identify unique things in these Spanish schools (the SEK Schools) so that we can extract evidence, learn from it and communicate it to the rest of the world. There are many schools interested in this project in order to learn”.

Over the next two years, this project will explore how the design and pedagogy of learning environments in non-school settings-natural and urban-impact four dimensions of SEK student well-being in their learning process: agency, sense of belonging, curiosity, and enjoyment.

This research, which has begun in the SEK schools in Madrid (SEK-El Castillo, SEK-Ciudalcampo and SEK-Santa Isabel) and will continue for the next two years in the SEK-Atlántico, SEK-Catalunya and SEK-Alborán schools, is a great opportunity for the students of the UCJC’s Teacher Training in Early Childhood and Primary Education degrees to participate in a project together with the prestigious Harvard University.

The data collected by the UCJC students have allowed them, the professors of the Faculty of Education and the researchers of Project Zero at Harvard University to define a process of evidence collection and to advance in the process of pedagogical documentation of well-being. The results of the research will be shared with SEK Schools’ faculty and will serve to refine a research strategy aimed at understanding how places of learning, in non-school settings in SEK Schools, support the well-being of their students.

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