The Teaching in Science and Mathematics Education Graduate Program (PPGDOC) started its activities in 2014, being part, as a subunit, of the Institute of Mathematical and Scientific Education – IEMCI (Portuguese acronym). The program currently offers a Master's degree in Teaching in Education in Science and Mathematics (concept 4 in the 2013-2016 CAPES quadrennial assessment), which aims to:
I - Train teachers-researchers of their own practice, enabling them to analyze, criticize and transform their practice in the teaching of science and mathematics, with autonomy for the employment and development of differentiated pedagogical practices in quality;
II - Deepen knowledge and provide discussions of scientific and pedagogical contributions that enable decision making in the professional teaching practice, in order to favor or ensure learning in the area by students of basic education;
III - Train differentiated teachers and trainers for the teaching of Science and Mathematics in basic education and teacher trainers for the undergraduate courses in the area of Science and Mathematics Teaching, aiming at the development of critical and scientifically literate citizens.
This degree differs from the specialization (postgraduate lato sensu) in teaching areas by deepening the knowledge of research and learning methodologies, effective process of production of knowledge concerning the teaching action, as well as the obligation to develop a teaching product. The course aims to provide opportunities for teachers of basic education, in full exercise of their profession, to develop professional skills in diagnosis, planning, execution and evaluation of didactic activities and the ability to work in teams to gradually improve the teaching and math and science learning.
Future graduates of the course are expected to be authors of their own practice, being able to produce and use diverse strategies for teaching and learning mathematics and science, as well as acting professionally as members of educational communities in specific sociocultural contexts, working for the constant improvement of teaching in elementary schools or in the area of teacher training in the undergraduate courses in which they work. In this sense, a master professional is projected with competences, skills and attitudes that positively differentiate them.
To complete the degree, in addition to obtaining approval in mandatory and elective subjects / activities, the students will develop products or educational processes resulting from the study / research carried out, with a view to changes / innovations in their teaching practice and the improvement of student learning in their respective levels of education for which the product is intended. The theis will therefore be the duly substantiated report of the innovation developed / tested in the classroom, with a view to solving the problem that motivated the applied research. The proposed educational product or process will be a booklet of the dissertation, thus being available for reproduction and use by other teachers in science and mathematics education spaces.