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Computer Techniques And Formative Evaluations At Brazilian Universities: A Real Possibility In Presential, Semi Presential, And Distance Learning Courses

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Computers in Education Poster Session

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7.320.1 - 7.320.14



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Gerson de Oliveira

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Session 1520

Computer techniques and formative evaluations at brazilian universities : a real possibility in presential, semi-presential and distance learning courses

Gerson Pastre de Oliveira

Politécnica de Jundiaí College (Brazil)


A brief analysis of the evaluation of the teaching-learning process at college courses is required when we have the intention to describe an experimentation of the use of computer systems in the graduating students formative evaluation38.

How to evaluate learning? Or even before, what evaluation are we talking about? Sub- utilized as part of the process and of the didactic-pedagogical strategy, the evaluative tools are frequently used to perpetuate a power structure at reflecting an education concept – and also a society’s concept. This conception tries to keep the status quo, on preventing, in many ways, the learner autonomy achievement and her/his transformation as an active part of her/his own learning construction1, 3, 34. It is the confirmation of the teaching as reproduction and of the non-interactive teaching methods. These methods are empty of criticism and they cause the learner’s conversion into a domesticated being, seen as a simple passive receiver of contents13, 39.

Through this conception to evaluate means, to apply tests that evaluate only the learning results and not the process itself. It is something static and definitely in a position of classifying, focused in memorization – it happens after a sequence of contents that do not consider the learner in its historical feature, as an effective piece of this dynamic and changeable world. Sometimes, the tests are used as punishment tools and through them the authoritarian posture of the educator is confirmed and gets far from the previous established pedagogical goals.

Beyond the traditional classroom

Nowadays the physical size of a classroom has achieved the superlative of shyness. Any kind of knowledge that a student may acquire is multiplied by computer networks (mainly

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de Oliveira, G. (2002, June), Computer Techniques And Formative Evaluations At Brazilian Universities: A Real Possibility In Presential, Semi Presential, And Distance Learning Courses Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11271

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