The Graduate Program in Science and Technology Education (PPGECT) at UFSC was approved in 2001 by the Ministry of Education (CAPES/MEC) and began its activities in 2002.
It is a joint project of the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, the School of Education, and the School of Biological Sciences, with the support of faculty members from the School of Technology.
PPGECT offers Master’s and Doctoral degree programs and its main objective is to develop research and teaching activities about the relationship between education and science, working towards a better understanding of the teaching and learning process. The program develops studies on the domain of the structures of thought required by science and technology and their insertion in the Brazilian society in order to promote a more adequate teaching.
The fundamental setting for the program’s activities are the various levels of formal education, and its primary concern is to foster a dynamic and critical grasp of science and technology among the majority of the Brazilian population.
Nevertheless, formal education is not PPGECT’s exclusive sphere of activity: its investigations are complemented by studies on informal processes of acquiring scientific and technological culture.
Thus, the program prioritizes the development of educators and researchers capable of understanding and investigating:
a) science production and its forms of socialization through the productive appropriation of scientific and technological knowledge by the learner, and
b) the social dynamics of science and technology and the contextualization of their teaching.
Admission is through an annual selection process taking place every March. The two-year program requires 26 credit hours: 12 in core courses, 8 in electives and 6 for producing the thesis. The thesis is to be defended before an examining committee of three members, all of them holding a doctoral degree.
Admission is through an annual selection process taking place every August. The four-year program requires 48 credit hours: 8 in core courses, 12 in electives, 16 hours credited for the presentation of papers in congresses, seminars and colloquia and the publication of at least one article in a peer-reviewed journal (6 credits per article), as well as other projects conducted in conjunction with the supervisor. The dissertation, totaling 12 credit hours, shall address a novel problem and will be defended before an examining committee of five members, all of them holding a doctoral degree.
PPGECT faculty currently includes 26 members (both permanent members and collaborators), all accredited through an external evaluation process.