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ERIC Number: EJ924006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
Pragmatism and Developmentalism in Brazilian Educational Thought in the 1950s/1960
Mendonca, Ana Waleska P. C.; Xavier, Libania Nacif; Breglia, Vera Lucia Alves; Chaves, Miriam Waidenfeld; de Oliveira, Maria Teresa Cavalcanti; Lima, Cecilia Neves; Dos Santos, Pablo S. M. Bispo
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v24 n6 p471-498 Nov 2005
This article proposes to analyse some aspects of the appropriation of New School thinking in Brazil, particularly Deweyan pragmatism, in the 1950s and 1960s. The analysis is based on the assumption that the developmentalist ideology that punctuated the debate on the economic, political and social restructuring of the country in these two decades constituted fertile ground for the return and expansion of pragmatist thinking amongst Brazilian educators, articulating itself, sometimes in contradictory ways, with this ideology. The focus of the analysis will be on the writings of the group of educators which circulated around the figure of Anisio Teixeira, at the time director of the National Institute for Pedagogic Studies (INEP), an organ linked to the Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC), which set itself the task of producing research that would support public policy in the field of education, as well as constituting itself as a center for teacher education and the stimulus and development of innovative experiences in the public school system. The appropriation of Deweyan pragmatism, in this context, had a triple perspective: pragmatism as "scientific method", implying a specific conception of science, particularly the social sciences, with emphasis on the application of scientific knowledge in the solution of practical problems; as a "way of democratic life"; and as a synonym for "experimentalism", in the sphere of schooling.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil