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Relations between the science teaching projects innovation and the scientific and educational policies in 1950s USA

Grant number: 19/27054-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2020
Effective date (End): June 30, 2024
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Education
Principal Investigator:Cristiano Rodrigues de Mattos
Grantee:Felipe Sanches Lopez
Host Institution: Instituto de Física (IF). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):22/02236-0 - Relations between the science teaching projects innovation and the scientific and educational policies in 1950s USA, BE.EP.DD


We live in a time when the idea of innovation is in vogue to express whether technological or educational transformations. However, regardless of the concrete reasons that led them to be created, several innovations are nothing more than fetishes produced only for consumption. In education and particularly in Science teaching, several innovations are advertised as a solution to various problems faced by science education. In this research, we will investigate the socio-cultural-historical conditions that allow the creation and development of innovative Science teaching projects. In order to identify these conditions, we will investigate a historical case of great importance for Brazilian Science teaching: the Physical Science Study Committee (PSSC), the American Physics teaching project developed in the 1950s. The influence of the PSSC in the field of Physics teacher education is undeniable since it is treated, in the Physics teacher training courses of the leading Brazilian universities, as a proposal that changed the direction of scientific education at the time of its production and dissemination. Our research objective is to investigate which socio-cultural-historical conditions allowed the creation and development of the PSSC, determining the intended educational, scientific, and political objectives. Beyond that, we intend to identify the necessary conditions for the implementation of this innovation in the scientific education of that country. The research is based on the Historical-Cultural Activity Theory, which takes the historical development of human activities as a complex system of coordinated activities. The object to be investigated is the mediations educational and scientific policies make between the economic and political field and the production of didactic material for Science teaching. The materiality of the object resides in historical documents from primary sources that will be analyzed from the perspective of document analysis. (AU)

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MATTOS, CRISTIANO; LOPEZ, FELIPE SANCHES; ORTEGA, JOSE LUIS; RODRIGUES, ANDRE. The Public Discussion on Flat Earth Movement An Analysis Based on the Esperantist-Epideictic Discourse. SCIENCE & EDUCATION, v. 31, n. 5, p. 23-pg., . (19/27054-0)

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