Francisco Peixoto

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Francisco Peixoto
Francisco Peixoto

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Categoria Académica: 
Associate Professor
Educational Psychology
Unidade de Investigação: 
Centre for Educational Research | CIE-ISPA

Biographical note

Francisco Peixoto holds a PhD in Psychology from University of Minho and is a Professor at ISPA since 1991, where he taught courses related to Educational Psychology, Learning, Motivation and Research Methodology to undergraduates, master and PhD students. He participated both as team member and Principal Researcher in several research projects funded by the national research agency and the European Commission. The majority of these projects focused on the affective components of learning, mainly academic emotions, self-esteem and self-concept, and motivation. He is author of several papers published in national and international journals and books. Is an Associate Editor of the European Journal of Psychology of Education and member of the Editorial Board of several national and international journals. Since 2010 is the Director of the Integrated Master Degree in Psychology and Vice-Rector of ISPA – Instituto Universitário.

Research Interests

Affective components in the learning process namely those related to motivation and emotions; Self-concept and self-esteem development, during adolescence and its relation with school context; Socio-psychological processes in learning and development; Relational dynamics (family and peers) and relationships with academic adjustment; Teacher professional identity and motivation; Teacher resilience

Current PhD students (supervision and co-supervision)

Edite Mendes

The school adjustment in the transition from 1st  to 2nd cycle: The relationship between self-concept, motivation and teacher support strategies

Joana Pipa

Grade retention and the affective components in learning: A comparative study on repeaters and non-repeaters’ self-concept, self-esteem, goal orientations, school engagement and peer relationships

Luísa Fernandes

“Positive Education”: Fostering teachers’ resilience and well-being through professional learning

Rita Martins Silva

As crenças dos professores sobre a motivação dos alunos no ambiente de sala de aula: Estudo no 3º Ciclo de escolas públicas brasileiras e portuguesas

Susana Pestana (co-supervision)

Meaningful learning in higher education: The use of concept maps in the occupational therapy course

Tiago Santos

Teachers responsibility and motivation and student’s motivation: Which relations?


Leandro Almeida (University of Minho)

Markku Niemivirta (University of Oslo / University of Helsinki)

Reinhard Pekrun (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany)

Marold Wosnitza (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)

Caroline Mansfield (Murdoch University, Australia)

Susan Beltman (Curtin University, Australia)

Eleftheria Gonida (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

Carmel Cefai (University of Malta, Malta)


Teresa Almeida Rocha (PhD student until 2019)

Luís Folgado Ferreira (PhD student until 2017)

Manuel Granjo (PhD student until 2015)

Cristina Campos (PhD student until 2007)

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