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Indigenous students at the University of Campinas: emotions at stake in the access to higher education

Grant number: 19/08062-1
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2019
Effective date (End): August 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Education - Fundamentals of Education
Principal researcher:Ana Maria Fonseca de Almeida
Grantee:Edilene Alves da Silva
Home Institution: Faculdade de Educação (FE). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


The Brazilian affirmative actions in undergraduate education are among the most ambitious in the world and several studies have already been carried out on the subject. However, few studies focus on the students' point of view about their experience in higher education. This research aims to contribute to fill this gap, in conjunction with other studies already underway in the FOCUS research group (Education, Institutions and Inequality Research Group) of the School of Education (FE) at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP). More specifically, the research intends to study how the Native Brazilians students admitted to Unicamp in 2019 go about in their daily routine while attending classes, going to the restaurant, using the libraries, and so on, and to carry out recurring interviews with a group of them throughout a year. Special attention will be paid to the emotions involved in the arrival and in the first months of attending university. The results will contribute to compose a framework of analysis that brings to light to the students ‘subjective experience; combined with the analysis of more objective data (enrollment, transfers, performance, etc.) of a larger number of students, this data will allow a better understanding of the dynamics of inclusion and permanence of indigenous students in higher education.

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