Maria Manuela de Oliveira Jacinto

Biographical note

Oliveira Jacinto is Researcher at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development (CeiED) and at the Observatory of Education Policies Training and Science (Op.Edu), Doctor Student in Education and Teatcher at the Lusophone University of Humanities and Technologies (ULHT). She is graduated in Agronomy from the Higher Institute of Agronomy and Postgraduate in Education by Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. She was Consultant and Trainer of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in São Tomé and Príncipe, Member of the Installation Committee and Vice-President of the Portuguese School of Mozambique – Center for Teaching and Portuguese Language, Advisor to the Office of the Secretary of State for Education in Portugal, Advisor to the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau and Member of Committees of the Macao Board of Education. She was Lecturer of the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Macau and at the Lisbon Higher School of Education, Coordinator of the Studies and Development Division of the Training Department in the Employment and Vocational Training Institute (IEFP) and National Pedagogical Coordinator of the Euroqualification Community Program. Teacher, Trainer and Evaluator in education and vocational training.

Areas of academic and scientific interest

  • Education
  • educational administration
  • supervision and pedagogical guidance
  • teacher training / evaluation
  • adult education
  • social education
  • socio-educational intervention projects and practices
  • cooperation with PALOP
  • vocational training

Individual doctoral project

Adult Literacy. Literacy Level 1 a monograph 25 years later
Professor Ana Benavente


In the context of the National Study of Literacy Project 25 years later, the author proposes to conduct a monograph, articulated with the first study that is carried out in Portugal, 25 years after the publication in 1996 of the first National Study of Literacy coordinated by the Social Science Institute of the University of Lisbon, according to a protocol made with the National Education Council and the C. Gulbenkian Foundation,called Literacy in Portugal. Results of an extensive and monographic research, coordinated by Ana Benavente. It is intended to deepen, by ensuring methodological options centered on geographical space and age, the current situation of adult profiles that were at the time of the first study in level 1 of literacy, including people with different degrees of education, namely those who do not have complete schooling, those who hold the primary, the high and the higher education, age levels between 15 and the 64 years. In this context, the author considers it most important to analyze in the light of current society the results obtained and to deepen the changes that occurred in groups with specific social characteristics and in particular sociocultural contexts. For this reason, it is a qualitative study of a monographic nature that will use the materials that allowed to establish the levels of literacy, reviewed and will be articulated with these study, highlighting eventual stays and new exclusions in socio-cultural contexts determined.