SCIENCE TEACHING AND LOCAL CULTURE: A STUDY OF TEACHERS' SPEECHES IN A GERMAN-BRAZILIAN CONTEXT

Dulce Maria Strieder Anna Maria Pessoa de Carvalho About the authors

The present text discusses the relationship between the culture and the teaching of Science, focusing the presence of local culture elements in the discourses of teachers from a German-Brazilian community regarding the teaching and learning in Science. It reports results of a research in which we investigated the teaching practice of Science in Salvador das Missões (Rio Grande do Sul - Brazil), colonized by German descendants. The results show that the main cultural identifiers - that is, the values attributed to institutions like the school, the family and the the language - are still alive in the everyday life of the local population. These values are present in the teachers' speeches with respect to themes such as the function and the objectives of Science teaching, as well as in the teachers' attitudes in the classroom.

Science teaching; german-brazilian culture; teachers' education


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