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MOREIRA, Antonio Flavio Barbosa. The importance of school knowledge for alternative curricular proposals. Educ. rev. [online]. 2007, n.45, pp.265-290. ISSN 0102-4698.

The paper focuses on a process of curriculum construction which was developed in a school from the Belo Horizonte educational system. The school is organized according to the official curricular proposal entitled PLURAL SCHOOL. It emphasizes the difficulties which were faced by the academic staff of the school and argues that innovative curricular proposals may create a space in which children from working class are segregated and have their possibilities of autonomy in society reduced. Drawing on the conceptions of politics by Stephen Ball and Jenny Ozga, the political texts, written on the level of the Plural School proposal and on the level of the school, are analyzed. The complex relations among official documents and local experiences are emphasized. The importance of school knowledge is stressed. It is argued that the overvaluation of the students and their cultural experiences and the undervaluation of school knowledge can create a space in which children are confined and never considered as normal.

Palavras-chave : Curricular Proposal; School Knowledge; Educational Politics.

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