The IRIE is an educational research and innovation institute operating in the fields of education and training. It was created in 2015 through Executive Agreement 11458 of 28th July within the context of transforming the Institute of Learning Sciences (ICE) at the UIB into a research institute. It is governed by Regulatory Agreement 11850 of 12th May whereby its regulations are approved and made public, establishing its purpose in article 5.2 as:
- Promoting and coordinating, within the institute's sphere of operation, research in education, especially linked to the needs and problems of the education and training system, in the aim of improving knowledge and the quality of practice at centres and other bodies and institutions that undertake education and training activities.
- Acknowledging and promoting the research work of the Institute's education research groups within the scientific community and the education system, and in all sectors linked to education and training (both formal and informal).
- Providing means and resources to support the research groups comprising the IRIE in developing research in education.
- Providing technical advice to the Department of Education and Universities (CEU) and to professionals from all sectors linked to education and training in organisational, methodological and curricular innovation and in all topics linked to the areas of research of IRIE groups.
- Establish mechanisms for knowledge transfer, research results of the research groups of Irie, the educational and training institutions and organizations that contribute to the introduction of innovative changes in teaching to improve educational processes and results educational institutions, type of curriculum, organizational or functional.
- Participating in activities that lead to UIB-specific titles and PhDs, as well as activities in continuous training linked to the areas of research at the Institute and aimed at education professionals.
- Interlinking and coordinating research activity with similar national and international bodies, and participating in joint research projects and programmes.
- Promoting the raising of public and private funds to obtain supplementary resources to the possible contributions made by participating institutions.
- Any other activity essentially aimed at fulfilling the foundational purpose of the IRIE, its regulations and the statutes of the University of the Balearic Islands, as well as collaborating in fulfilling its inherent responsibilities on general university bodies, at the university's institutes, faculties, schools and departments, and also at the CEU.
The Irie is focussed on four areas of research:
- School didactics and organisation, an area comprising three consolidated research groups: 4MAC – Tourist Education and Research; Education and Citizenship; Childhood, Technology, Education and Diversity.
- Specific didactics comprising four consolidated research groups: Science, Technology and Society. Didactics of Science; Research into Culture, Society, Communication and Contemporary Thought; Languages, Literature and Learning Research Group; and Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Research Group.
- Social, Evolutionary and Educational Psychology, comprising two consolidated research groups: Research into Development, Education and Language; and Gender Studies.
Theory and History of Education, an area comprising two consolidated research groups: the Social and Educational Training and Research Group; and the History of Education Research Group.
In addition to the consolidated research groups spread over these four areas, the IRIE also has a series of associate research groups (new groups being consolidated and reporting to consolidated groups) and individual researchers. The IRIE offers a Research Advice Service (SAR) to all these groups.
In turn, the IRIE places particular emphasis on knowledge-transfer and direct work with educational institutions, and associations or bodies linked to the field of education in the Balearic Islands. It offers both centres and teachers a series of training activities aimed at continuous innovation within the framework of the education system.
Mission and Vision
The IRIE's mission statement aims to express the essence of the institution for its members and also for society. In this vein, the mission sets out the institution's raison d'être and the principles that should guide members.
The vision sets out the 'ideal' situation the institution wishes to reach through all the objectives and strategies included. It is a reflection of the institution's statement for success.
Our aim is to have a shared vision of the Institute and a plan to implement and achieve this vision. Thanks to strategic planning and continuous assessment of the planned and undertaken activities, we will be able to regularly update our vision and reformulate the necessary strategies to see it fulfilled.
In line with this aim, the IRIE mission and vision are set out below.
The IRIE is dedicated to scientific research and innovation in the fields of education and training; it provides development services (knowledge-transfer) and also offers graduate, postgraduate, doctoral and short training courses in the same areas. One of the main objectives is the promotion of mechanisms to improve quality and excellence in education.
The multi-year plan proposal sets strategic pillars and activities, understood as key activities for fulfilling our mission. The strategic objectives are structured around the pillars and are the goals we need to achieve in order to realise the future vision of the institute in terms of educational research and innovation. Finally, the strategic objectives are specified into operational objectives, which are the general activities aimed at attaining each of the strategic objectives.
In accordance with its mission, the IRIE aspires to become a benchmark centre for research and innovation in education at regional, national and international level. In turn, our intention is for the Institute to be recognised as a benchmark centre for teaching, training and research.
The Institute aspires to appropriately meet the requirements of the field and act as a driver of knowledge generation, promotion and dissemination. At the same time, with its deep ties to the culture at the University and the entire university and non-university education system in the Balearic Islands, it works to promote innovation and the rapid effective transfer of results to educational institutions, with a particular impact on practice.
The Institute wishes to combine quality research that makes a valuable academic contribution with knowledge-transfer that fosters and ensures a positive impact for transformation across society and, more specifically, in the education system. In order to achieve this, research, training and innovation will need to be linked to educational practice and, in this way, enable the education community to become a reflexive, dynamic and creative collective that is attentive to new, emerging requirements, committed to improving teaching and learning processes, set on examining educational proposals from the system and that takes decisions about their relevance for learning and development in the community itself.
In order to lead proposals in the field of educational research, training and innovation, we need staff with the right academic training and advanced technological resources.