Rural education: policies, pedagogical practices and scientific work

This paper aims to explore rural education and its place in the educational political agenda these last years. The text is organized in three parts: the first one explains how rural education fits into the political agenda and highlights the role of organized civil society; the second one presents characteristic pedagogical practices in schools from land reform settlements in the State of Paraná; the last one describes post-graduate academic work on rural education and related social movements. It is the result of an analysis of theses and dissertations about education, especially within the Landless Workers Movement (MST). Out of the 160 different research projects from post-graduate programs in Education developed in Brazil (1987-2007), 108 have been analyzed so far.

Education; Rural; Research; Social movements; Pedagogical practice

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