Topics in Brazilian Education


Quarters Offered: 
Fall '12-13
Winter '12-13
Spring '12-13
Course Number: 
EDUC 404X (School of Education)
Course Abstract: 

The objective of this seminar is to provide students from different academic backgrounds and nationalities an opportunity to learn about current issues and debates on Brazilian and Latin American education, and think of new proposals and ideas for the 21st century, through either government action, non-profit organizations, entrepreneurship, or established businesses. The seminar will cover topics on the history of Brazilian and Latin American education; an overview of current school reforms at the federal level; educational assessments; education and economic growth; educational equity; teacher labor market; technology and innovation in education; market-based approaches; critical pedagogy and popular education; early childhood, and higher education in Brazil.

Course Description: 

 

Course Objective

The objective of this seminar is to provide students from different academic backgrounds and nationalities an opportunity to learn about current issues and debates on Brazilian and Latin American education, and think of new proposals and ideas for the 21st century, through either government action, non-profit organizations, entrepreneurship, or established businesses. The seminar will cover topics on the history of Brazilian and Latin American education; an overview of current school reforms at the federal level; educational assessments; education and economic growth; educational equity; teacher labor market; technology and innovation in education; market-based approaches; critical pedagogy and popular education; early childhood, and higher education in Brazil.

Course StructureThis course will have weekly readings and discussions on a variety of issues around Brazilian education. In addition to lectures and in-class activities coordinated by the instructor, the course will have several specialist guest speakers from Brazil and the United States, who will deliver presentations both in person or virtually. All lectures and talks are in English. The classes will be divided into two parts: first, the instructor and/or the guest speakers will provide an overview of the topic assigned for the week; the second part will consist of a discussion between the students and presenters.Course Requirements

This 1-2 units (Satisfactory/No Credit) seminar will be based on classroom discussions. Students are expected to:

  1. Actively participate in the classroom discussion based on the assigned readings (typically one paper per week).
  2. Post an interesting question (online) to the speaker of the week by Monday by 6pm, via Piazza.
  3. Write a 2-page summary about one of the talks (students can pick their favorite), and present the summary on the last day of class.