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A Contribution For Engineering Education In Brazil

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.21.1 - 6.21.7



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Ricardo Molina

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Claudio da Rocha Brito

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Melany Ciampi

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Session 2360

A Contribution for Engineering Education in Brazil

Claudio da Rocha Brito, Melany M. Ciampi, Ricardo Castillo Molina SENAC School of Engineering and Technology


In 1996 the Education Ministry of Brazil published the Federal Law no. 9.394 known as LDB – Basis and Directress Law of Education. With this new Law it started the educational reforms with the objective of increasing the quality of 3rd Grade in the Country. Although the reforms are associated to a political project of the present team of Republic, the real motivation is due to the consequences of a new social and technical post industrial paradigm recognized simply as: Globalization. Among all the characteristics of this new productive model, the most interesting one may be the intense use of information technology as an aggregation factor of people and markets. Immersed in this context of international integration of deep and radical changes in society and in the producing system, that the engineering project of SENAC School of Engineering and Technology has emerged. It is a Telecommunication Engineering Program, which contains in its curricula the "free period". It is called so because it is the time that the students can attend classes in the several other areas of knowledge, in one of the Units of SENAC. They are free to choose among the many options like environment issues, nursery, photography, gastronomy, languages, arts and etc. They can choose as many areas as they want along the five years, at least one per two years. At the end of each period they present a report about their development in those areas. The reports are discussed with a group of a psychologist, a pedagogue, an engineer professor and the coordinator of the course. This added to the basic science courses, basic engineering courses and specific engineering courses.

I. Introduction

The development of science and technology has promoted the new world we have been living. A world of so-called "Post industrial revolution", which main characteristic are the neo liberal policies, no borders, complete new values and different social relations and producing system. All these "happenings" have modified human's life drastically in many parts of the planet. Inserted in this environment education has become the huge challenge of the third millennium in every Country of the world. In Brazil things are not different, the challenge is to form professionals with scientific minds to develop science and technology in according to the complexity of modern day-by-day life.

Science and technology has to promote the progress of contemporary society drawing a complete new future. It is essentially, to make science and create technology in according to the necessities acting locally, thinking globally.

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Molina, R., & da Rocha Brito, C., & Ciampi, M. (2001, June), A Contribution For Engineering Education In Brazil Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9040

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