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Challenges in Minority Inclusion: Perception of Public School Principals and Teachers

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 - 9:00am to 10:15am
Fall 2023
Lemann Center Conference Room

Challenges in Minority Inclusion: Perception of Public School Principals and Teachers

It is a preliminary study that delves into the theme of inclusion and diversity within public school environments. It seeks to address the challenges faced by schools in the State of Rio de Janeiro when it comes to integrating minority groups. Some questions to be addressed include how the issues of inclusion and respect for diversity are incorporated into the curricula. What and how pedagogical practices are employed in public schools to promote a more inclusive environment?

To investigate these inquiries, I intend to conduct a qualitative research study through interviews with school principals and teachers who have a minimum of 20 years of experience working in public schools. In total, approximately 30 school principals and teachers from public schools will participate in the interviews, representing 14 different regions within the State of Rio de Janeiro. As of now, interviews have already been completed with 17 individuals, and the initial findings will be shared during the presentation.

Fátima Bayma Oliveira, Visiting Scholar, FGV

Fátima Bayma de Oliveira is a professor at the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration at Getulio Vargas Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her primary research focus are inclusion and diversity policies and teaching strategies .She is President of the Committee of Inclusion and Diversity at Rio de Janeiro State Educational Council. She was previously the Jobs and Wages Director at Brazil’s Ministry of Labor and Employment. She holds a PhD in Education from Rio de Janeiro Federal University and a Master’s in Administration from Connecticut University - USA.