Dr. Zúñiga was a panelist at this academic meeting with the participation of the American expert Dr. Deborah Elridge and an important number of Latin American and Chilean specialists.
The Organization of Catholic Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean (ODUCAL) and the Quality Agency QUALITAS, organized in Santiago, on 29 and 30 days in May, an international seminar that addressed the issue of quality assurance in Pedagogy and in which the dean of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of La Serena, Dr. María Zúñiga Carrasco, participated as a panelist.
Teacher training was one of the central themes of this important academic meeting that included the participation of the American expert Dr. Deborah Elridge and an important number of Latin American and Chilean specialists.
The panel in which she participated, Dean Zúñiga, invited in her capacity as president of the National Council of Deans of Education Faculties-CRUCH, and for her extensive experience and expertise, in the central contents of the seminar -Quality assurance in careers of the area of education in Latin America- shared with the North American specialist, Dr. Elridge and the researcher and former dean of Education of the Alberto Hurtado University, Dr. Juan Eduardo García Huidobro. The panel was moderated by Andrés Bernasconi, director of the Center for Studies on Educational Policies and Practices (CEPPE), of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Dean Zúñiga pointed out that specifically, her position was about the problems that the Pedagogy Career currently has and the strategies that universities are developing to resolve these conflicts, from a quality assurance perspective. "The planning of the work, the integration of the efforts and a systematic process of follow-up and feedback of the actions, make a virtuous set, which is increasing over time. The opposite, which is what often happens, is that a strategic approach to addressing situations is not applied, starting with the lack of competence of those who have to design, conduct and accompany the training processes. In the case of teacher training, unsupervised actions, the non-development of disciplinary and professional competencies in our students, is something that is paid dearly because future teachers have a very great influence on several generations of our children, in our country, "he said.