Advances and setbacks in the guidelines for Portuguese teaching: issues of ideology and power

Maria Sílvia Cintra Martins About the author

In this paper I point out issues of ideology and power whose influence we are seldom aware of, although they are always present in everyday classroom contexts. My main objective is to call attention to the vectors that exert pressure on the teachers' performance. To do so, I analyse the different Brazilian official guidelines for the teaching of Portuguese, and discuss the way the recent guidelines adopted in the State of São Paulo, in the form of "Teachers' Notebooks", represent a historical set back due to certain ideological and hegemonic aspects present in these materials.

Mother tongue; teaching; power; ideology


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