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Ethnography of Indigenous Students' experience Focusing on Students Enrolled in Health Sciences, Engineering and Technology courses

Grant number: 22/01419-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2022
Effective date (End): February 29, 2024
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Education
Principal researcher:Chantal Victória Medaets
Grantee:Edilene Alves da Silva
Home Institution: Faculdade de Educação (FE). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:18/25259-0 - Indigenous students at the Campinas State University and the São Carlos Federal University (Brazil): an ethnographic study, AP.JP


Affirmative action policies for higher education in Brazil are among the most ambitious in the world, and the number of indigenous students has grown significantly since the 1990s. The literature has priviledged students enrolled in the humanities, more visible in the university space as they attend or organize events on the indigenous themes. This research aims to portray the experiences of those less visible and, therefore, focuses on students in Science, Engineeiging and Health. Methodology will be an ethnography covering the daily lives of students both inside and outside the university. The changes that occur during the course development will also be analyzed. Research on the engagement of college students in their courses shows that perceptions and experiences change significantly over the time. Thus, interviews will be carried out with indigenous students entering the fourth year of the course, seeking to capture evolutions along their trajectory. The research will contribute to the theme of inclusion in higher education, based on a detailed analysis of the experience of a group of indigenous students.

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