Principles and methods to guide education for purpose: a Brazilian experience

Authors: 
Ulisses F. Araujo, Valeria Amorim Arantes, Hanna Cebel Danza, Viviane Potenza Guimar ães Pinheiro & Monica Garbin
Publication Year: 
2016
Publication name or Publisher: 
Journal of Education for Teaching 42(5). DOI: 10.1080/02607476.2016.1226554

This article presents a Brazilian experience in training teachers to educate for purpose. Understanding that purpose is a value to be constructed through real-world and contextualised experiences, the authors discuss some psychological processes that underlie purpose development. Then the authors show how these processes are used in a purpose development programme they have conducted for in-service and pre-service teachers over the past six years. Using innovative pedagogies, such as Problem-Based Learning, Project-Based Learning, and Design Thinking, the authors describe the steps that teachers have to follow in project development, examples of the results accomplished with this kind of programme, and research findings that are being conducted to analyze the principles and results of this approach for training teachers in how to educate youth for purpose.

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