Lines of Research

  • 1. Teacher Training

    Initial and continuing teacher development is approached from the perspective of Science and Technology Education ideas, practices, theories and epistemologies in different teaching and learning environments and at different education levels. Focal points include:

    – Teachers’ conceptions, ideas and imaginary in initial or continuing education;

    – Teaching degree curricula;

    – The role of the teacher in producing, applying and evaluating teaching proposals.

Faculty working in this area:

Adriana Mohr Anelise Maria Regiani Antonio Fernando Gouvêa da Silva
Carlos Alberto Marques Carolina dos Santos Fernandes Claudia Glavam Duarte
David Antonio da Costa Eduardo Adolfo Terrazzan Fabiana Botelho Kneubil
Fabio Peres Goncalves Karine Raquiel Halmenschlager Luiz Orlando de Quadro Peduzzi
Néli Suzana Quadros Britto Paulo José Sena dos Santos Regina Célia Grando
Sylvia Regina Pedrosa Maestrelli Walter Antonio Bazzo

  • 2. Science Teaching and Learning

    Investigation into the teaching and learning processes is conducted in different areas of science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and Mathematics. Focal points include:

    – Theoretical concepts of learning and human development;

    – Cognitive, affective and motivational factors involved in the teaching and learning processes;

    – Different teaching and learning strategies;

    – Registers of semiotic representation in Mathematics learning;

    – Student preconceptions;

    – Proposals of innovative materials for the teaching and popularization of science.

Faculty working in this area:

Adriana Mohr Anelise Maria Regiani Carlos Alberto Marques
Carolina dos Santos Fernandes Eduardo Adolfo Terrazzan Fabio Peres Goncalves
Jose de Pinho Alves Filho José Francisco Custódio Filho Juliano Camillo
Mericles Thadeu Moretti Patricia Montanari Giraldi Paulo José Sena dos Santos
Regina Célia Grando Sylvia Regina Pedrosa Maestrelli Tatiana da Silva

  • 3. The Social Implications of Science and Technology in Education

    Investigation into various theoretical orientations and aspects of the relationship between science, technology, society and the environment is conducted at the three educational levels, focusing on:

    –  Conceptions of the relations between science, technology, society and environment, and their influences in science, technology and environment education;

    – Curricular aspects of Science and Technology Education from a Science, Technology and Society perspective;

    – The relationship between the Pedagogy of Paulo Freire and Science, Technology and Society (STS) relations in Science and Technology Education;

    – STS Education in the different areas and levels of education and its curricular implications;

    – Scientific and Technological Literacy and Interdisciplinary Islands of Rationality;

    – Processes of popularizing and disseminating Science, and their relations with Science Education;

    – The discourses of science and technology.

Faculty working in this area:

Carlos Alberto Marques Irlan von Linsingen Jose Andre Peres Angotti
Jose de Pinho Alves Filho Mariana Brasil Ramos Suzani Cassiani
Walter Antonio Bazzo

  • 4. Epistemology and the History of Science and Mathematics

    Analysis of the sociocultural and historical aspects involved in the origin, development and dissemination of the theories, models and concepts of Biology, Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry is conducted at the three educational levels, focusing on:

    – The role of the history and epistemology of science in teacher education, in the development of teaching/learning strategies and in the teaching of physical systems modeling;

    – The production, application and evaluation of didactic texts with a historical-epistemological perspective;

    – Students’ and teachers’ notions of the nature of scientific knowledge and of specific scientific concepts.

Faculty working in this area:

Antonio Fernando Gouvêa da Silva Claudia Regina Flores David Antonio da Costa
Everaldo Silveira Fabiana Botelho Kneubil Henrique Cesar da Silva
José Francisco Custódio Filho Juliano Camillo Luiz Orlando de Quadro Peduzzi

  • 5. Media and Science Education

    The limits and possibilities that information technology has brought to Science and Technology Education are explored at all educational levels, with special attention to virtual learning environments involving hypermedia: text, image, movement, sound and simulations with variations in scale. Focal points include:

    – Theories involving the teaching and learning process;

    – Teaching and learning strategies;

    – The production of innovative educational material for formal, informal and distance education settings.

Faculty working in this area:

Jose Andre Peres Angotti Tatiana da Silva

  • 6. Language and Education

    Studies on the importance of language, seen not as a mere instrument of communication, are conducted in order to establish natural, less naive relationships about dominant discourses of science and technology. Language is investigated as a form of representation in different fields, such as Art, Science and Technology Education, Mathematics, History and Architecture. Focal points include:

    – Reading and writing: rethinking the development of readers in Science and Technology Education;

    – Analysis of language performance in didactic texts, classroom interactions and the media to develop educational strategies;

    – The imaginarium of students and teachers regarding language and its performance in science classes;

    – Problematization as a medium of emerging knowledge;

    – Discourse analysis and the relations of Science, Technology and Society in Science and Technology Education.

Faculty working in this area:

Claudia Glavam Duarte Claudia Regina Flores Henrique Cesar da Silva
Irlan von Linsingen Mariana Brasil Ramos Patricia Montanari Giraldi
Suzani Cassiani