Apresentação na European Conference on Curriculum Studies


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Apresentação na European Conference on Curriculum Studies

  1. 1. The Vocational Areas in the curriculum of classes with alternative curricula Maria da Glória Santos Universidade Aberta mariagloriasls@gmail.com Maria Ivone Gaspar Universidade Aberta migaspar@uab.pt
  2. 2. How to ensure that everyone who attends school will have access to quality education? How to avoid exclusion and social marginalization?
  3. 3. This presentation is based on a research focused on the syllabus of two classes, in the 3rd cycle. These have Alternative Curricula Pathways and are part of a school with 2nd and 3rd cycles. They have as determinant focus the vocational areas that are part of such a curriculum.
  4. 4. The implementation of alternative curricula will allow: • the implementation of measures able to fulfill the ideal of educational equality • the means to fight against social exclusion • an innovative solution • the search for solutions adapted to the diversity of the cases that cannot be integrated in regular education
  5. 5. We defend that the main objective of alternative curricula is to adjust education to those students, giving schools flexibility to organize and adequate the curricula according to the students’ difficulties
  6. 6. We assume the curriculum in its plan dimension, it integrates the experiments so as to develop the project leading it to a process of the pedagogical praxis reconstruction
  7. 7. Methodology Qualitative methodology-descriptive case-study
  8. 8. Empirical study Five teachers Twenty two students that compose the two Alternative Curriculum Pathways classes Twenty seven semi-structured script-guided interviews
  9. 9. research objectives to know the opinion of those directly involved in this process to know if these fields appeal to students
  10. 10. Results • Students and teachers were excited with the implemented project, vocational areas were an added-value • The high motivation, built upon the results obtained with students • The fields existing at the school seem to appeal to students • The affective relation between teachers and students, which seemed to be very relevant for the success of this project
  11. 11. freedom for the teachers/class council to design and implement projects with a curricular dimension adapted to the students’ skills and needs a way for active and motivating learning, which will foster interest in school Alternative curricula advantages an effective way to fight against school failure and drop-out the possibility of new learning options for the students
  12. 12. Thank you very much!