On Monday (April 27th) the Brazilian Network of Science for Education (Rede CpE) had its second general meeting with the presence of more than 50 Brazilian researchers from different science fields. In the meeting, hosted by our partner Ayrton Senna Institute (IAS), in São Paulo, members shared the data of the recent researches and discussed the application of the results in education.

The main goal of the meeting was to foster an interaction between researchers whose works could be applied to education. “There are many research groups in Brazil working on themes that have an interface with learning and education, but they don’t know each other and don’t connect with the schools. In events like this we hope to share data and promote a dialogue between these groups”, explained the coordinator of the Rede CpE, the neuroscientist Roberto Lent from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

During the meeting, the president of the IAS Viviane Senna highlighted the importance of this initiative. “We are very excited with this cooperation with the Rede CpE which will enable to bring knowledge based on scientific evidences to enhance the educational practices of the country. We believe that partnerships like this one will take the Brazilian education to an upper next level”, she said.

The researches exhibited in the meeting covered many areas of science and education. Neuroscientist Fernando Louzada, member of the Rede CpE and professor at the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), showed his work on sleep and memory consolidation. Based on his results, he reinforced the importance of naps in schools, for a better performance in learning.

“For a long time sleeping was seen as a period when for the brain to kind of cleaning up of what doesn’t matter, but now we know that sleeping also has an active role in the learning process and that it should be considered in the school setting”, said Louzada. “Educators must to be aware of the contribution of sleep across ages. We already know, for instance, that children at age six should take a nap after lunch, but the Brazilian schools are not considering this kind of information.”

Another member of the Rede CpE, neuroscientist Augusto Buchweitz, professor at Rio Grande do Sul Catholic University (PUC) presented his work on dyslexic students and highlighted the importance of cooperation between researchers and teachers to overcome reading difficulties at schools.  “Our brain is not naturally programed to read. We need stimulation. When we understand the best ways to stimulate reading and when we support teachers to do so, then we can get over difficulties and achieve the speed of reading expected to each age”, he pointed out.

In total, nine researchers presented their works on science for education at the meeting. You can watch all the lectures below (in Portuguese).

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Sofia Moutinho

Science journalist based in Rio de Janeiro and especialized in covering science, health, technology and environment. Most of my work has been published in the Brazilian science magazine “Ciência Hoje”. At the Rede CpE I am responsible for the relation with the public and the press and also for the website content.

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