Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
On-line version ISSN 1678-7153
DIORIO, Zânia Maria and GOMIDE, Paula Inez Cunha. The educational and professional development of low income students: evaluation of a Brazilian program. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2004, vol.17, n.3, pp. 359-366. ISSN 1678-7153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722004000300009.
This research that was carried out in order to evaluate the effect of the Program Bom Aluno, PBA, taking into consideration the educational and professional development of 629 students from Curitiba and surroundings in the year of 2001. The evolution of the schooling without interruption in the process, the attendance to classes and the kind of institution itself, private or public, and the practice and kind of work in both the control and the experimental groups were assessed. Positive effect of the Program was verified at university (c2 = 34,164; p<0,0001), where there were three times more participants from the control group that did not go to college than from the experimental group. It was found that 62,9% of the students from PBA at college level, worked and studied whereas only 37,9 % (c2 = 8,672; p=0,003) of the students from the control group did so. It was concluded that PBA was effective in helping the students to reach college, continuing the studies, and start working.
Keywords : Program evaluation; education; profession; teenager.