The Federal University of Santa Catarina’s (UFSC) Postgraduate Program in Science and Technology Education (PPGECT) was approved in 2001 by Ministry of Education (CAPES/MEC) and began activities in 2002. It is a joint project of the Center for Physical Sciences and Mathematics, the Center for Educational Sciences and the Center for Biological Sciences, with the support of faculty from the Center for Technology. PPGECT offers Masters and Doctoral degree programs and its main objective is to develop research and teaching activities about the relationship between education and science, stressing a better understanding of the teaching-learning process. The program develops studies about the domains of thought structures required by science and technology and their insertion in Brazilian society to promote more adequate teaching. The fundamental space for the program’s activities are the three levels of public education (elementary, secondary and higher education), and its primary concern is to foster a dynamic and critical grasp of science and technology among the majority of Brazilians. 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) scientific production and its forms of socialization
b) the social dynamics of science and technology and the contextualization of Science and Technology Education.
Admission is through an annual selection process each March. The two-year program requires 26 credit hours: 12 in core courses, 8 in electives and 6 producing the thesis. The thesis is to be defended before a panel consisting of three members who hold a PhD.
Admission is through an annual selection process each 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, will address a novel problem and will be defended before a panel of five members who hold a PhD.
PPGECT currently includes 26 professors, both permanent members and collaborators, all accredited through an external evaluation process.