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Study of the efficacy of a teaching-learning system for Language in Primary that incorporates teaching thinking and cooperative work:

cognitive and non-cognitive variables

Research team


Mª CARMEN GONZÁLEZ-TORRES ( Professor of Evolutionary Psychology and Education at the School of Education and Psychology in the University of Navarra where she is currently teaching at graduate (Pedagogy and Education) and post-graduate level (Master's Course in Educational and Psychological Intervention, MIEP). Thanks to her field of research, related to studying motivational and emotional variables, she has participated in a variety of privately and publicly funded, national and international research projects on self-regulated learning and its teaching, education on character and social and civic skills, promoting self-determined behaviour in people with an intellectual disability, impact of an intellectual disability on siblings and resilience, among others. She has supervised doctoral theses, published many articles, books, chapters in books and presented papers at national and international congresses. She has taught classes on Master's courses at the Complutense University of Madrid and at the La Coruña University, PhD courses at the Autonomous University of Puebla (Mexico) and teacher training courses and given talks in many schools and universities in Spain, Mexico, Portugal and Chile. Project assessor for the National Scientific and Technological Development Fund (FONDECYT) for the National Scientific and Technological Research Commission (CONYCYT) in Chile. She is a member of the scientific advisory board for the Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, the National Advisory Council for the Aula Abierta Journal and the Editorial Council for the Psicología y Educación journal.

ÁLVARO GONZÁLEZ MARTÍNEZ DE LECEA ( Author of the ComunicARTE Teaching and Learning System. Infant and Physical Education Teacher. Master's in Learning Difficulties Intervention. Adjunct Professor at the University of Navarra School of Education and Psychology and Class teacher giving Primary language and mathematics at the Irabia-Izaga school. He has been a Cycle Coordinator and is currently coordinating the Language and Literature Department, as well as being Deputy Technical Director of the Irabia-Izaga school. He has obtained a wide range of certificates from the Cooperative Learning Center (Minnesota), as a Thinking Based Learning (TBL) Teacher and Coach from The National Center for Teaching Thinking, and as APD (Apple Professional Development). He has received online and classroom training organised by Project Zero (Harvard). Expert in Educational Coaching and member of AECOPE (Spanish Association of Pedagogic Educational Coaching and Educational Assessment).

CONCHA IRIARTE REDÍN ( She is a Professor at the University of Navarra School of Education and Psychology where she has been working since 1989. Her teaching and research career has focussed on developing emotional and social skills in the field of Guidance and Learning Process and Difficulties. Both her research and her teaching, from the beginning of her academic career, have attempted to contribute to the field of socio-emotional learning. She is the author of several extended essays, articles and collective works related to this topic.

SONIA LARA ( Principal Researcher. She studied Education Sciences at the University of Navarra. She submitted her PhD thesis to the Department of Education in 2000, and in 2003 and 2004 she took post-doctoral positions at Boston University and Northwestern University. She has participated in online and classroom courses for Project Zero (Harvard) and she trained on Thinking Based Learning (TBL) at The National Center for Teaching Thinking (USA). Since returning to the University of Navarra in 2000, her research has focussed on integrating technology in the teaching-learning process, educational innovation, teacher training and the use of social media among young people. She has taken part in 4 projects subsidised by the Government of Navarra, the Ministry of Science and Innovation, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism and Department of Education (USA). In 2008, she became Professor of Didactics and School Organisation. Along with her research work, she has given classes at the School of Education and Psychology, the Nursing School and in the Religious Sciences and Sciences for the Family Institutes. In 2014, she was appointed Director of the Learning and Curriculum Design Department at the School of Education and Psychology.

NICOLÁS MURACCIOLE ( He is currently Technical Director of the Irabia-Izaga School, Director of the Marshall Cavendish Institute in Spain and Co-Director of the Cooperative Learning Centre. He has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Navarre. He has teaching experience in Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form education in English, French, Maths, Spanish Language and Literature, Social Studies and Philosophy. He has participated in the Project Zero Classroom summer school as a Teaching Fellow and in the Future of Learning Institute, both organised by the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He has given training courses for teachers and presented papers at international congresses such as ICOT 2015, EdMedia or Project Zero Perspectives. He has organised many educational conferences and is currently running a variety of projects, such as the International Mobility project to Improve Skills, within the European Union Erasmus+ Programme; ComunicARTE for teaching Spanish Language and Literature; Singapore Maths (working with Marshall Cavendish Education Singapore); or IRIS Connect (Brighton, United Kingdom), promoting the use of video as a professional development tool for teachers. 

ÁNGEL SOBRINO ( PhD in Education Sciences, professor and Vice Dean of Research at the University of Navarra School of Education and Psychology. He is also an adviser at the Agenzia Nazionale per la Valutazione del Sistema Universitario e Della Ricerca Italiano (ANVUR). He is the co-author of publications such as Analysis of the impact of feedback on teaching practices among Spanish teachers on the TALIS 2013 study (National Educational Assessment Institute, 2014), Teaching-learning process and web 2.0: evaluation of connectivism as a theory of post-constructivist learning (Estudios sobre Educación, 2011), Determining the quality of early childhood education programmes in Spain: a case study. (Revista de Educación – MEC, 2011) and relations between emotional and moral development to be taken into account in the field of education: proposal for an intervention programme (Revista de Investigación Psicoeducativa/Electronic journal of research in educational psychology, 2006), among others. He has taken part in different research projects funded by the Government of Navarra, the European Union Socrates Programme and the Ministry of Science and Innovation.

ANA ZÚÑIGA ( She has a degree in Spanish Philology and Journalism and a PhD in Philology. She has worked as an editor at the Diario de Navarra newspaper and has given courses preparing high school students for university entrance exams on "Text Analysis", "Spanish Language and Literature" and "Universal Literature". She is currently working as an adjunct professor at the School of Education and Psychology, teaching language, communication and literature on the Teacher Training and Psychology degree courses and the University Master's Course in Teaching Training. Her research focuses mainly on matters of verbal and written communication, Spanish language and literature.



Sonia Lara
Investigadora Principal.

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