'' Disciplinary training and pedagogical training in our universities '' was titled the conference given by Dr. Jorge Pinto Rodríguez, National 2012 History Prize and academic from the University of La Frontera, in the Pentagon Hall of the University of La Serena. The activity, organized by the Faculty of Humanities, was part of the commemoration of the thirty-third anniversary of the state campus and was attended by a large number of members of the university community, especially students of Pedagogies.
The ceremony began with the words of welcome of the academic vice chancellor, Dr. Jorge Catalán, and the dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Dr. María Zúñiga, who thanked the presence of the academic. Later, Dr. Pinto Rodríguez referred to the strong bond that links him to the University of La Serena and its academics, after which he spoke with those present about the strengths in teacher training and the challenges at a time when the Education is in the public debate.
Based on his experience in teacher training, Dr. Pinto Rodríguez commented that there is a gap between disciplinary progress and the delay in the contents taught in educational establishments. "This is why it is very important to talk about this because of the importance that is attributed to education in the processes of change in the country," said the guest lecturer, who added that teachers "are credited with this ability to induce changes, progress, to intervene in the training of our students; and although this task is not paid as it should, there is tremendous pressure on teachers. "
Regarding the strengths in teacher training, the 2012 National History Award highlighted the quality of the students who are reaching Pedagogies; the changes in the academic plants, with academic bodies highly qualified to assume the teaching in the university, many with trajectory in investigation and with recognition at national and international level; and finally, the material conditions in which teachers develop.
One of the challenges posed by the academic is the distancing between what is taught in the university and what is taught in educational establishments, '' if we do not solve that problem, we anchilosamos the pedagogy, education and we will not have how to respond to society, "he said. He also mentioned shortening the distances in the disciplinary and pedagogical training, being an alternative is that the students combine the disciplinary training with what the teachers give in the Schools of Education. "I believe that our first responsibility as university professors is to provide our students with a capacity to achieve autonomy, which is key in the exercise of a profession," he said. To this, it added the preparation of teachers to operate in the reality of educational establishments and insist on the training of teachers with high management skills.
"We are facing a scenario that is tremendously challenging, but that is tremendously hopeful; I believe that today the conditions are in place for us to transform education into the lever of change, "concluded the academic, adding that" in you young people is the future of the country (...) and I hope that we teachers are the height of their demands, if we are up to the task, we will be in a position to respond to a country that has to solve the problems of inequality, inequality, abuse with the environment in which we operate and natural resources. "
Finally, ULS scholars, Dr. Érika Zúñiga and Dr. Fabián Araya, intervened. They reflected on the theme presented by Dr. Rodríguez.