Brazilian Research
Educational research partnership under way in Brazil

SUNY Oswego has established a longstanding educational partnership with the nation of Benin, and Dr. Alfred Frederick, distinguished service professor of curriculum and instruction, plans to do the same with Brazil.

Alfred Frederick with Brazilian education leaders.Frederick is the international coordinator of a research partnership between SUNY Oswego and the Federal University of Santa Maria in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul that will also involve Zumbi dos Palmares University in Sao Paulo, the State University of Piaui, the Federal University of Piaui and the Municipal Ministry of Education in Teresina, Piaui. The partners are in three regions of Brazil, from the northeast to the southern tip of the country.

Similar to the research project that Frederick coordinated in Benin, this research involves an evaluation of Brazilian public education at the primary and secondary levels and will result in a published study that includes research-based suggestions to improve the schooling process.

Frederick said that the assessment instruments developed in the West African nation have been translated into Portuguese and are being used in Brazil.

In August, Frederick gave a presentation, “Educational Curriculum and Socio-cultural Impact: An International Perspective,” at the second International Seminar on Public Policy and Educational Management, held at the Federal University of Santa Maria. Frederick said the seminar marked the formal beginning of the research partnership.

Among the international roster of scholars making presentations at the seminar were Dr. Geneva Gay of the University of Washington; Dr. Clovis Renan Jacques Guterres of the Federal University of Santa Maria, coordinator of the research in the southern region of Brazil; Dr. Antonio Francisco da Silva of the State University of Piaui, coordinator of the research in northeastern Brazil; Maria Louise Cantalice of Piaui’s state ministry of education; and Julien William Tchiakpe of Benin, who spoke on the movement to educate women in his country.

Frederick taught at the Federal University of Santa Maria for seven years before he joined SUNY Oswego in 1985. His first book, “Curriculum and the Socio-cultural Context,” was first published in Brazil in Portuguese. At Oswego he has received several Fulbright awards to pursue his research and service in both Benin and Brazil. He was a Fulbright consultant to Zumbi dos Palmares University in 2005.

From its inception during Frederick’s first appointment as a Fulbright Scholar in Benin in the 1990s, Oswego’s partnership with Benin has resulted in the research that produced the book “The Integration of Languages, School and Community,” published in both French and English; exchanges of faculty and school inspectors; training workshops for teachers and school inspectors in Benin and at Oswego; and an Oswego education course that takes students to France and Benin.

PHOTO CAPTION: Educational partners—Dr. Alfred Frederick (right), SUNY Oswego’s distinguished service professor of curriculum and instruction, met with international partners working to integrate the school curriculum with the socio-cultural context of Brazilian communities at the second International Seminar on Public Policy and Educational Management in August in Brazil. From left, they are Dr. Clovis Renan Jacques Guterres of the Federal University of Santa Maria, Maria Louise Cantalice of Piaui’s state ministry of education, Dr. Antonio Francisco da Silva of the State University of Piaui, and Dr. Geneva Gay of the University of Washington.

(Posted: Sep 24, 2010)