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Development of educational activities in cytology for students with visual impairments

Grant number: 16/15853-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2017
Effective date (End): February 28, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Education - Educational Teaching and Learning
Principal researcher:Estéfano Vizconde Veraszto
Grantee:Nathália Elisa Ferreira Vicente
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Agrárias (CCA). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). Araras , SP, Brazil


Abstract: To achieve an inclusive education, it is necessary to have specific materials that help students with visual impairment, for their full school development, exploring the other senses and, in the last case, enlarging images and objects to reduce the visual efforts of students with low vision. However, in an inclusive approach, the material must be useful also to students without vision problems. Nevertheless, frequently this does not occur in the school context, where science education, in general, has been based on visual principles, thus perpetuating exclusionary practices. Based on this principle, the objective of this work is to develop educational activities about cell biology that include students with visual impairment present in high school, considering activities that are economically and ecologically viable. To do so, it will be made a bibliographical survey of scientific production in the area, in order to acquire support for the development of the project. The analysis of this material will be supported by qualitative assumptions, and the material developed adopt criteria theory multisensorialidade applied to science education for students with visual impairment. Finally, it is expected that the results may be used in biology education, taking into account that both active teachers in regular education, as those who are in process of formation, overcome pre-established concepts that physical disabilities are limiting and impeding factors in the teaching-learning process. (AU)

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