Teachers coming from around Chile came together to participate in a seminar focused on discussing and debating issues related to the quality of education in Chile. The theme of the seminar was "Education for transformation". This was the fourth seminar that Universidad Andres Bello has hosted that is aimed at discussing issues in contemporary education. The specific focus of this seminar was quality in education and developing skills and abilities in the classroom.
The first session, "Quality in teaching and its causes", was delivered by Denis Romero, a caseworker from Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana and professional with experience and training in quality assurance and accreditation in higher education area. After his presentation, the discussion among members of the audience revolved around how to make effective improvements in education, which are beyond the means and infrastructure at any specific educational institution. Practitioners highlighted the issue of internal assessments, as an ongoing activity, and its impact on the relationship between teachers, students and their parents.
Fernando Rojas, Industrial Engineer from Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, followed with a paper titled "The reason for the new grading system, needs assessment and implementation mechanisms for the next selection process to Chilean universities". The theme captured the attention of the audience due to the challenges schools face regarding their commitment to helping their students get good grades so they can go on to good universities.
The day concluded with presentations from Jaime Larrain, architect and teacher, author of the Carpe Diem essay on education, which argues that education should be focused on raising young people to be happy.
This article was originally written in Spanish and has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.