Introduction

The little flags in the upper right corner give acess to the English or Portuguese versions.

As bandeirinhas localizadas no canto direito superior dão acesso às versões em Inglês ou Português.

Welcome to Science in the Community.

The word community usually evokes warm feelings of familiarity, comfort and safety. It has two meanings: to refer to a geographical location where everyone understands each other and there are no foreigners or to a group of people interacting/collaborating/communicating around common actions, regardless of geographic location. The verbs “share” and “belong” summarize these meanings, but they are exclusive too, since they leave out other communities and individuals from other regions and locations or those who develop other actions.

The Science in the Community is an environment created in the spirit of teachers’ education to give access to knowledge, experiences and put teachers in contact with the international literature on the relationship between science education and local cultural knowledge, which can take several forms: indigenous, endogenous, native, sustainable, traditional, autochthonous, of the people, folk, popular, oral, cultural, ethnic, culturally specific, everyday, practical, worldly, informal, of day-to-day, of the farmers or peasants.

Another important community is the “rational community” of science. The school works as an extension of this latter, seeking to reproduce its knowledge and conventions through curricula and practices, although this may not occur satisfactorily in many situations and becomes a problem when students do not share or understand well its knowledge and values. One possibility is to study science locally, relating it to where students live, their communities and cultures. There is a plethora of communities and initiatives of educational experiences in this regard have been taking place in many sites of the planet.

The purpose of this environment is to stimulate the dialogue between science education and local cultural knowledge that exist in your community. For this, we chose to provide education for teachers through an informal formative practice respecting the times and daily obligations of each and based on a different kind of literacy: the use of hybrid narratives. So we will depart from two initial narratives: “The women of Minas Gerais and the ash soap” and “Mr. Zé, Mrs. Ná and orange wine”. To deepen these knowledges some activities and new texts are proposed in nature of knowledge. Other narratives, activities and reflections will be posted with time.

As this is an initial experience, it is important to know what are the effects of this environment on the views and actions of the participants. For this, we prepared some questionnaires that can be accessed and completed online or using Word and PDF versions that must be send for our analysis. Your feedback is very important!

On each page of this environment you will also find the possibility of leaving comments on your thoughts and reflections. The analysis is better as you express yourself with sincerity, spontaneity and without the worry of wanting to please. We need to know how it is beating there inside of you really.

This environment has no profit. The images and information about individuals and people shown here were provided by them for research and educational purposes.

To begin, go to the GUIDELINES and get a good job!

A friendly hug from the author ⊂⊃