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Second PROEDUCA public notice is announced by FAPESP and the Secretary of Education

A joint initiative will fund scientific studies with the potential to support public policies in the area and implement innovative pedagogical approaches.

Claudia Izique | FAPESP Agency – FAPESP and the Secretary of Education of the State of São Paulo (Seduc) launched, on Friday (26/05), the second notice PROEDUCA, supporting research in basic education. The program aims to support the improvement and development of educational public policies and innovative pedagogical approaches aimed at improving learning and reducing educational inequalities.

“Improving basic education is the country's most important priority,” said the president of FAPESP, Marco Antonio Zago. “Facing this challenge requires effort from the government and society.”

“Today is a very important moment for all of us due to the success we had in this first public notice. We hope that the community responds to this announcement, since science needs to be more and more part of our daily lives”, he said. Marcio de Castro Silva, scientific director of FAPESP.

The announcement was made at the Butantan Institute, during the launch event of the Science for All Award, a partnership between FAPESP and the Roberto Marinho Foundation. Participating in the meeting were the state secretary of Education, Renato Feder; the Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation, Vahan Agopyan; the municipal secretary of Education, Fernando Padula, the general secretary of the Roberto Marinho Foundation, João Alegria, the director of the Butantan Institute, Esper Kallás, and the president of FAPESP's Technical-Administrative Council, Carlos Américo Pacheco (Read more at: agency.fapesp.br/41495/).

The second notice will select research projects focusing on six strategic axes: teaching and learning process in public basic education; training and development of people in public basic education; learning management and assessment; educational management: schools, networks and education systems; equity, diversity and reduction of inequalities in education; and technology, innovation and professional education in the basic education curriculum. Selected projects may cover one or more of the six priority lines.

The projects will be funded through Research Assistance – Regular – R$ 150 per year for a period of 24 months –, Thematic Project and Public Education, which, exceptionally in this call, will not establish a maximum limit for the allocation of resources. Thematic Projects will be supported for up to 60 months and Public Education projects may last from one to four years.

Researchers from higher education and research institutions in the State of São Paulo, public or private, will be able to submit projects to the second call for proposals from PROEDUCA until august 28th.

Results of the first call

At the same event, Zago announced the results of the first public notice PROEDUCA, launched in February 2022, which selected 32 research projects.

With the same thematic axes of the second public notice, the projects approved in the previous edition will carry out research in several cities in the State of São Paulo, involving several partners from universities and research institutes, from Seduc, from the municipal secretariats of Education and, in some cases , also external partners.

The project Training of Science Teachers for Educational Equity, for example, brings together researchers from the Institute of Chemistry at the Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp) in Araraquara, teams from the State Schools of Araraquara and Jaú, in addition to researchers from Harvard University, in the United States.

Among the projects, five focus on teaching and learning mathematics. One of them foresees the professional development of teachers through collaborative and investigative dialogue between the university and the school, based on the methodology Hybrid Lesson Study (LSH). Another will articulate teaching and research in mathematics education and a third will study the development of students' algebraic thinking in the context of the Mathematical Club, just to name a few examples.

The set of projects contemplates the always transdisciplinary treatment of a great variety of areas of knowledge of the basic education curriculum, in addition to proposing the conception of teaching methodologies and school practices to face central challenges such as the personalized treatment of learning difficulties, the uses from evaluations to the planning and management of the school and teaching networks, the reduction of educational inequalities, the confrontation of all forms of discrimination and the improvement of the school climate, among others. The testing of training methods and the development of education professionals are an intrinsic part of most projects.

PROEDUCA foresees the launch of three public notices, for which FAPESP made available R$ 32 million, and Seduc, R$ 10 million.

See Call Clarification Meeting.

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