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VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN BRAZIL: A PROPOSAL OF HIGHER LEVEL

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN BRAZIL: A PROPOSAL OF HIGHER LEVEL,Irene Domenes Zapparoli

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN BRAZIL: A PROPOSAL OF HIGHER LEVEL  
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The focus of this research is on sequential programmes, a form of vocational higher education introduced in Brazil, in 1999. The aim of this study is to show an overview of vocational education, according to the development of the sequential programmes, in relation to Brazilian higher education institutions and the representative institutions in relation to sequential programmes. The sequential programmes have been implemented, to be two-year course programmes, with the objective of developing specific job skills in students older than 16 years old. They are still in the beginning stages of implementation; therefore, there is no comprehensive research about then so far. However, there has been a growing interest in these programmes since 1999. The methodology of the sequential programmes has been based on a theoretical background that focuses on the development of the structures of the courses. Data from the Ministry of Education show that in 1999, there were 178 programs being offered all over Brazil, whereas at the end of 2002, there were 612 (Brazil, 2002). Although the data evidence that sequential programmes have been well accepted by Brazilian students, it is not known yet if this modality of vocational education meets students' expectations towards the programmes. However, apart from the students themselves, this research also considers other important elements involved in the Brazilian sequential programmes, such as, (i) the
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