Campus Guarulhos • Escola de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas
Postgraduate Program in Education

Wagner Rodrigues Valente

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Wagner Rodrigues Valente has graduated in Pedagogy and Engineering from the University of São Paulo. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education at UNIFESP. He is also a Mathematics professor of the Pedagogy Course. Professor of the Mandatory Course Unit "Theoretical and Practical Foundations of Teaching Mathematics II". He also teaches optional and elective courses in this course: "Digital Humanities", "History of Mathematics Teaching in the first school years". Preceptor of Pedagogical Residence classes in Elementary School 1. Coordinator of GHEMAT - Research Group on the History of Mathematics Education (

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Education is a core element of a human being’s constitution and comprises the social formation processes involved in gaining access to a group’s culture and to ways of being, acting and reflecting. Educational processes and practices occur intentionally or not in different socialization settings. Education happens in relationships between human beings with the goal of forming individuals and it is tied to the civilization process. Starting at the modern era, schools have concentrated the social responsibility to form subjects so as to ensure their participation in the productive system as well as in public life. Educational action presupposes a specific set of conceptions about what is to be human, and such conceptions vary according to social and historical contexts. Education is also related to culture, to values shared by human groups and communities. Education transmits, perpetuates and changes the human experience of culture through the teaching and learning relationship.

Concentration 4:  History of Education: Subjects, Objects and Practices

As the result of a comprehensive and thorough review of education historiography, Brazilian Education History studies have undergone a significant change since the 1990s. The field has grown to include new research objects and approaches, and existing topics have been reshaped by the profitable exchanges between education historians and contemporary historiographic studies. In line with that reconfiguration, this degree concentration encompasses educational research that approaches historically the educational processes that take place both in and outside schools, using the theoretical frameworks provided by History, Philosophy and Social Sciences to discuss regional matters considering the national and international theoretical debate. We foster research on the following topics: (a) institutions (school, academia etc.); teacher and student formation; educational policy, practices and cultures (subjects, spaces, temporalities, knowledges, syllabi, school and academic disciplines, architecture and furniture); (b) Education intellectuals; (c) national and international processes of production, circulation and appropriation of pedagogical models and standards that influence (i) educational practices, (ii) temporal and spatial organization of schools and (iii) the establishment of memories (textbooks, pedagogical literature, press, educational press, education journals, literature etc.). Our preferred approach to those topics makes use of concepts and research procedures borrowed from Cultural History, Intellectual History and History of intellectuals, as well as New Political History.

Claudia Panizzolo
Fernando Rodrigues de Oliveira
Maria Rita de Almeida Toledo
Mirian Jorge Warde
Regina Cândida Ellero Gualtieri
Renata Marcílio Cândido
Wagner Rodrigues Valente

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