Published May 21, 2021

Sandro Serpa   https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4286-4440


The feature of life that follows aims to reflect on some topics that emerge from my 20 years of academic life, always in deep articulation between Sociology and Education. Without pretending to be thorough, the following topics emerge: the dialogue between sciences; interaction between people; organization and, at the same time, preparedness for the unexpected; classes with an active component; the importance of general culture; the need for permanent updating; publishing implies knowledge systematization; open access as an inevitability in scientific publication.



Academic Career, Sociology, Education, Research, Academic Editor

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4. Santos AI, Ferreira CM, Serpa S. Writing in science. J Educ Soc Res 2020; 10(4):128-133. DOI: https://doi.org/10.36941/jesr-2020-0072

5. Babalola SS, Nwanzu CL. The current phase of social sciences research: A thematic overview of the literature. Cogent Soc Sci 2021: 7(1):1892263. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/23311886.2021.1892263

6. Serpa S, Ferreira CM, Santos AI. Personal argumentation in the scholarly publication. J Educ Soc Res 2020: 10(2):1. DOI: https://doi.org/10.36941/jesr-2020-0021

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10. Hodges C, Fowler D. COVID-19 crisis and faculty members in higher education: From emergency remote teaching to better teaching through reflection. Int J Multidiscip Persp Higher Educ 2021: 5(1):118-122. DOI: https://doi.org/10.32674/jimphe.v5i1.2507

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12. Ferreira C, Serpa S. Contemporary challenges for the academic. Int J Contemp Educ 2018; 2(1):1-8. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11114/ijce.v2i1.3786

13. Sá MJ, Ferreira CM, Serpa S. (Un)professionalisation or (re)professionalisation of the academic in the brave new world? Postmodern Openings 2019; 10(2):84-113. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18662/po/73

14. Serpa S. An overview of the concept of organisational culture. Int Busin Manag 2016; 10(1):51-61.

15. Serpa S, Sá MJ, Ferreira CM. Organizational learning culture in effective improvement of educational organizations. Int J Educ Organiz Leader 2020; 27(1):47-68. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2329-1656/CGP/v27i01/47-68

16. Cheung ACK, Slavin RE. Evidence-based reform in education: Responses to critics. Sci Insig Educ Front 2019; 2(1):65-69. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15354/sief.19.ar027

17. Serpa S. A reflection on sociology of education. Int J Soc Sci Stud 2018; 6(3):33-39. DOI: https://doi.org/10.11114/ijsss.v6i3.3013

18. Serpa S, Sá MJ. Sociology of education for a sustainable future. Sustainability 2019, 11(6):1757, 1-5.

19. Serpa S, Ferreira CM, Santos AI. Fostering interdisciplinarity: Implications for social sciences. Int J Soc Sci Stud 2017; 5(12):44-49. DOI: https://doi.org/10.11114/ijsss.v5i12.2775

20. Sá MJ, Serpa S. Transversal competences: Their importance and learning processes by higher education students. Educ Sci 2018; 8(3):126, 1-12. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci8030126

21. Ferreira CM, Serpa S. Challenges in the teaching of sociology in higher education. Contributions to a discussion. Societ Special Issue Train Model Pract Sociol 2017; 7(4):30, 1-11. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/soc7040030

22. Serpa S, Ferreira CM. Goffman’s backstage revisited: Conceptual relevance in contemporary social interactions. Int J Soc Sci Stud 2018; 6(10):74-80. DOI: https://doi:10.11114/ijsss.v6i10.3659

23. Sá MJ, Santos AI, Serpa S. The academic supervisor of higher education students’ final projects: A gatekeeper of quality? Acad J Interdiscip Stud 2021; 10(1):152-160. DOI: https://doi.org/10.36941/ajis-2021-0013

24. Sá MJ, Serpa S. The global crisis brought about by SARS-CoV-2 and its impacts on education: An overview of the Portuguese panorama. Sci Insig Educ Front 2020; 5(2):525-530. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15354/sief.20.ar039

25. Ferreira CM, Serpa S. (Eds.) COVID-19 and social sciences. Basel, Switzerland: MDPI. ISBN 978-3-0365-0154-3; eISBN 978-3-0365-0155-0. 2021. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/books978-3-0365-0155-0

26. BASE Medicine Task Force. COVID-19: Facts and recommendations from A to Z. Sci Insig 2020; 33(1):138-158. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15354/si.20.re061

27. BASE Medicine Task Force. Facts and recommendations of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: An update. Sci Insig 2020; 35(1):194-215. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15354/si.20.re076

28. Yao J. We look forward to the future in the difficult days. Best Evid Chin Educ 2021; 7(1):891-892. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15354/bece.21.e003

29. Hannam-Swain S, Bailey C. Considering COVID-19: Autoethnographic reflections on working practices in a time of crisis by two disabled UK academics. SSRN Electron J 2020; DOI: https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3596104

30. Sá MJ, Serpa S. The COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to foster the sustainable development of teaching in higher education. Sustainability 2020; 12(20):8525, 1-16. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208525

31. Sá MJ, Serpa S. Higher education in times of change: An overview. In M.J. Sá, & S. Serpa, Higher education in times of change (pp7-pp9). Birmingham, United Kingdom: Services for Science and Education. 2020. DOI: https://doi.org/10.14738/eb.55.2020

32. Barbosa B, Borges MG, Serpa S. The Informal in the formal of organizations: The organizational structure in sociological analysis. Sci Insig 2021; 36(4):260-264. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15354/si.21.rp008

33. Tewari DD, Ilesanmi KD. Teaching and learning interaction in South Africa’s higher education: Some weak links. Cogent Soc Sci 2020; 6(1):1740519. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/23311886.2020.1740519

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35. Santos AI, Serpa S. Flipped classroom for an active learning. J Educ E-Learn Res 2020; 7(2):167-173. DOI: https://doi.org/10.20448/journal.509.2020.72.167.173

36. Serpa S, Ferreira CM. Sociology: Tension between science and militant activism? J Educ Soc Res 2020; 10(6):1-8. DOI: https://doi.org/10.36941/jesr-2020-0105

37. Serpa S, Ferreira CM, Sá MJ, Santos AI. Dissemination of knowledge in the digital society. In S. Serpa, C. M. Ferreira, M. J. Sá, & A. I. Santos, Digital society and social dynamics (pp2-pp16). Birmingham, United Kingdom: Services for Science and Education. 2020. DOI: https://doi.org/10.14738/eb.17.2020

38. Santos AI, Serpa S. The importance of promoting digital literacy in higher education. Int J Soc Sci Stud 2017; 5(6):90-93. DOI: https://doi.org/10.11114/ijsss.v5i6.2330

39. Ferreira CM, Serpa S. Society 5.0 and social development: Contributions to a discussion. Manag Organiz Stud 2018; 5(4):26-31. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/mos.v5n4p26

40. Sá MJ, Serpa S. Cultural dimension in internationalization of the curriculum in higher education. Educ Sci 2020; 10(12):375, 1-11. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10120375

41. Serpa S, José Sá M, Santos AI, Ferreira CM. Challenges for the academic editor in the scientific publication. Acad J Interdiscip Stud 2020; 9(3):12-16. DOI: https://doi.org/10.36941/ajis-2020-0037

42. Sá MJ, Ferreira CM, Serpa S. Science communication and online social networks: Challenges and opportunities. Knowled Manag Int J 2020; 19(2):1-22. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-7998/cgp/v19i02/1-22

43. Serpa S. A high-quality journal for a digital society. Sci Insig 2020; 35(3):222-223. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15354/si.20.ed039

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How to Cite
Serpa, S. (2021). Sociology and Education in an Academic Career. Science Insights, 37(2), 277–280. https://doi.org/10.15354/si.21.fl005
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