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Education under the investment funds' logic: the case of Abril Educação

Grant number: 15/16905-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): October 13, 2015
Effective date (End): February 05, 2016
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Education - Educational Administration
Principal Investigator:Theresa Maria de Freitas Adrião
Grantee:Luciana Sardenha Galzerano
Supervisor: Steven Klees
Host Institution: Faculdade de Educação (FE). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Maryland, College Park, United States  
Associated to the scholarship:14/13653-5 - The strategies of business groups to increase their performance into public basic education: the case of Abril Education, BP.MS


Linked to the ongoing Master's research, this project intends to investigate the relations between the financial market and education. In particular, it focuses on understanding the changes in Abril Educação's management board - started as a family business and afterwards (in 2015) sold to Tarpon, a manager of investment funds - as well as identifying the strategies involved in the negotiation of Abril's assets in the United States, since this country is responsible for most of the manager's capital. The selected period is between the years of 2011 and 2014. Methods involve a bibliographic review and participation in a research group situated in the University of Maryland and focused on the privatization of education. We shall also gather data in the North American press from both online and printed sources, institutional documents and carry out interviews with Tarpon representatives in the city of New York. (AU)

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