Brazilian Education – Week 10 – Class Notes

We had an eye opening talk by Paula Louzano on the current proposal for national K-12 curriculum standards in Brazil.  The talk was in Portugues, thus so were my notes Analise Internacional Comparada de Politicas Curriculares: contribuições para o debate da Base Nacional Comum no Brasil Inspiração: Carnoy – salas de aula Chile Cuba Brasil – foco em aulas de matematica Livros didaticos fornecidos gratuitiamente – professores compravam curriculos em vez de somente livros Foco: curriculos Pesquisa: Estudo comparativo internacional Quem decide o que estudar e como ensinar Governo Ferderal centraliza a decisão do que estudar Portugal / Chile O que se ensina: Ministério da Educação … Continue reading “Brazilian Education – Week 10 – Class Notes”

Brazilian Education – Week 9 – Class Notes

Today we hear Rebecca Tarlau talk about her upcoming book “Occupying Schools, Occupying Land: Public Education Reform and Social Movement-led Participatory Governance” – based on her ethnographic research (20 months living in MST settlements). Very interesting to understand where the MST movement came from, how it started and how it provided help, curriculum and influence in the public schools of Brazil. Some of her papers: Coproducing Rural Public Schools in Brazil: Contestation, Clientelism, and the Landless Workers’ Movement Education of the countryside at a crossroads: rural social movements and national policy reform in Brazil Occupying Land, Occupying Schools: Transforming Education in the … Continue reading “Brazilian Education – Week 9 – Class Notes”

Brazilian Education – Week 8 – Class Notes

We listened to Luana Marotta, a fellow Lemann Fellow, present her dissertation’s rough draft. She is a PhD candidate in International Comparative Education admitted in 2012. Her research looks at the causes of dropout rates in high schools and is finding that it has a lot to do with retention – in other words, the chances of a student dropping out after he repeats a grade are significant.

Brazilian Education – Week 6 – Class Notes

  Lecture by Prof. Martin Carnoy on “The ‘Quality of Quantity’: Achievement Gains from Adding a Year to Brazilian Primary Schooling. Interesting how simply increasing quantity you improved learning outcomes… after class I heard that there actually were some changes in the teaching structures when the 9 year plan was implemented. Surprising to hear that increasing quantity of schooling was cheaper than increasing quality… costs more to train teachers than keeping them more time in school!!?? Can’t seem to be possible – maybe tech is the way to revert it somehow.

Brazilian Education – Week 5 – Class Notes

On Tuesday’s class we had the honor of listening to Professor Henry Levin, from Columbia University, will give a talk on his “Benefit Cost Analysis of the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP)” What I got out of the talk was that measures can be taken to improve education – and they are not highly complex or impossible to implement – students need a little bit of support – scaffolding. Tax payers, policy makers and budget administrators have to come to realize that the more you invest in education, the better off the country will be in the future not only … Continue reading “Brazilian Education – Week 5 – Class Notes”