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ERIC Number: EJ998187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1871-1502
Outcomes of a Scientific Nonformal Educational Initiative for Youth in Rio de Janeiro
de Sousa, Isabela Cabral Felix
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v8 n1 p193-213 Mar 2013
The aim of this research is to understand how former students view their professional and academic paths after taking part in a specific scientific nonformal educational initiative during high school. This program is called Vocational Scientific Program (Provoc) and is carried out in the Oswald Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This institution has for over 100 years played a pioneer role in public health research in the country. This institution has many graduate programs and a high school dedicated to training students in health issues. Provoc was originated in this school and has been part of it for the last 25 years. Since its beginning, this program has been characterized by a significant predominance of women which relates to the female predominance of professionals in this institution working in the traditional areas of Fiocruz, which are Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Humanities and Social Sciences. This study was qualitative in nature and involved observations and 34 individual interviews, which followed a semi structured questionnaire, designed for this research. The results indicate that the majority of participants see their program participation experiences as an asset in their academic and professional careers. Many describe feeling empowered by presenting their work in seminars and a few by writing a research article. Many former students also testified to the establishment of social long lasting relationships in the research work environment. And finally, the interviews reveal a few moments and the factors involved in the selection of a profession by youth.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil