Social Innovation in Public Schools: A Case Study on the Remote Experimentation Laboratory of the Federal University of Santa Catarina

Social Innovation in Public Schools: A Case Study on the Remote Experimentation Laboratory of the Federal University of Santa Catarina

Isabela Silva (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil), Karmel Nardi Silva (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil), Karen Schmidt Lotthammer (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil), Simone Bilessimo (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil) and Juarez Bento Silva (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8106-2.ch001

Abstract

The project “Promoting Digital Inclusion in Public Schools Through Integration of Innovative Low-Cost Technologies in the Teaching of STEM Subjects” has been carried out by the Remote Experimentation Laboratory (RExLab), Federal University of Santa Catarina, since 2008. This project has trained 363 teachers from 6 schools, since it is an initiative of technology integration in the basic education of the Brazilian public-school system. The present study focuses on the benefits of the project in relation to the teachers involved in its scope. The positive results acquired by the project over the years demonstrate that the integration of technologies in education by teachers in the public network is a practice to be encouraged.
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Methodology

This section aims to present the methodological procedures used to carry out the present research.

Methodological Procedures

The present research was carried out using the qualitative approach, which according to Gil (2007), is perceived through an understanding of a social group to obtain the understanding of the totality of the phenomenon. According to Minayo (2001), this type of research works with a deeper version of the phenomena, considering its variables, ideal for educational environments. Prodanov and Freitas (2013) argue that qualitative research allows us to consider the dynamic relation between the real world and the subject, perceiving its inseparable link and realizing that it cannot be translated into numbers.

As for nature, the present research can be defined as applied research, since it is directed to the solution of problems in a specific way. Prodanov and Freitas (2013), consider that applied research involves local truths and interests, solving them in a practical way and exploring different factors pertaining to the subject in question.

With regard to the objectives, this study fits the exploratory research, which according to Gil (2007) is ideal to clarify a given problem better and to construct its hypotheses, that is, it aims to increase familiarity with the problematic in question. For Prodanov and Freitas (2013), this type of research facilitates the delimitation of the topic by exploring its hypotheses more broadly through flexible planning. Exploratory research often takes the form of bibliographic research or case studies.

Considering the procedures, the research is a case study, by specifically studying a group. According to Fonseca (2002), the case study arises to establish an understanding about a differentiated situation in several aspects, seeking to find its particular characteristics. This type of study presents an overview of the subject from the researcher's perspective.

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