The II International Congress Students Engagement in School: Perspectives of Psychology and Education – Motivation for Academic Performance, is meant to be an open forum designed for researchers, teachers and psychologists, from all over the world, concerned with debating students’ motivation and engagement in school, discussing theories, methods, practices and psychoeducational repercussions. Continuing its first edition held in Lisbon in 2013 (, it has now a subtheme, students motivation for academic performance (SMAP), and aims to provide opportunities to discuss research works, theoretical or empirical, with experts and colleagues from education, psychology and proximate domains.

The issues under analysis aim to highlight research lines in the field of motivation and engagement, triggering promising concepts in broad significance maps, not only to cognitive aspects of motivation, but also focusing the psychosocial complexities that motivated behavior reflects. Our focus is now motivation, opening to the relational aspects in scholar context, and reflection of a broader society. Both in academic and family context, has been a growing concern for the decline in students’ a motivation.  The lack of engagement in school is a persistent problem, existing in a larger number of students.

The need to rethink educational institutions in the face of paradigmatic changes and the labor market crisis make cutting-edge and essential to create opportunities to reflect about education, taking as a study focus motivation and students engagement. The congress meets and extends the objectives underlined by EE2020, promoting a current and significant research domain – engagement in learning – valuing the study of the impact of technologies on students motivation, also attending to the architecture, of scholar spaces, as well as the other forms of art (painting, poetry, music, dance, theatre, and cinema), and physical education – as learning contexts in school and throughout life. Will be highlighted conceptualizations and practices to reduce academic failure and dropout rates, in the search for new lines of research, fostering an Education without EXCLUSION. This II congress attentions the search for answers to the following problem; How do variations in students motivation and engagement occur, how do their precursors act and how do their repercussions arise, attending to the complexity that embodies teaching and learning politics?

Thus, our goals are: disseminate research results; analyze educational contexts encouraging of school motivation; equating new lines of research valuing the contributions for education, psychology and other disciplinary areas, in the pursuit of students and teachers’ well-being and fulfillment, in a school for all.



Feliciano H. Veiga, Congress Coordinator