ERIC Number: ED466676
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Racial Consciousness, Social Capital, and Educational Reform in Brazil: Black Community-Based Projects that Defy Educational Attainment Canons.
Valentim, Silvani S.
This study examined a Preparatory Course for Blacks and the Economically Disadvantaged (PBED) in a poor area of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The PBED is an alternative educational project that offers regular classes on evenings and weekends using volunteer labor, donated space, and contributions from students who can afford it. Case studies were used to examine pedagogical strategies and racial consciousness tools employed by the PBED to increase the likelihood that Afro-Brazilians from working poor families would attend highly selective universities (e.g., the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, or CURJ) and how students characterized the influence of the PBED on their educational attainment. The study involved (1) interviews with students who attended PBED classes and graduated from the CURJ, PBED instructors, PBED coordinators, CURJ admissions personnel, and CURJ professors; student focus groups; observations of PBED classroom activities; and analysis of newspapers, publications, and scholarly writings. Results highlight challenges that PBED poses to mainstream notions of equal opportunity, social capital development, and educational attainment in the context of the beginning stages of the debate on race and ethnicity-conscious admissions in Brazilian higher education. (Contains 40 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Black Education, Black Students, College Admission, College Bound Students, Community Education, Disadvantaged, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Low Income Groups, Nontraditional Education, Racial Factors, Socioeconomic Influences, Urban Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil