Perspectives on Education
We will start our course by reflecting on what we mean when we talk about education. We will explore the development of education systems to analyze how this historical context influences how people define education today. As part of this analysis we will look at innovative models of education that are redefining what education means in the 21st century.
Brazilian Education System
In order to provide participants with a useful overview of the Brazilian education system, this part of class will focus covering K-12 as well as higher education. We will look at the challenges facing these systems as well as the unique ways that Brazil has responded to them. Some particular aspects of the Brazilian system that will be highlighted include the structure of the public university system, current reform efforts, and the academic achievement of Brazilian students on international tests including the PISA and TIMSS.
Education and Brazil’s Economy
This class will examine the role of the education sector in both enabling and constraining Brazil’s economic growth. Key emphasis will be placed on Brazil’s labor demands and how well the education system is meeting this need.
Innovation in Education through Public-Private Partnerships
This class will provide students with a broad understanding of how public and private institutions come together to solve critical education challenges. Students will be exposed to concepts related to how these partnerships are negotiated and sustained, particularly related to the role that business and entrepreneurship can play. The theory will be reinforced by specific cases of public-private partnerships in Brazil.
For-Profit Business Models in Education
This class will look at some of the business models that exist in the education market. These include for-profit educational institutions and educational content and service providers. Students will explore the tensions that can exist between quality and financial benefits in for-profit schools.
Technology in Education
This class will provide an introduction to innovative ways that technology is being used to enhance learning at various educational levels. We will also explore some of the common challenges of introducing new technologies into an educational system including securing funding, distribution, installation, and training.