WCE Collaboration with Brazil Provides STEAM Opportunities for Students, Educators

Monday, December 12, 2022

The Watson College of Education is pleased to announce a new collaboration between UNCW and the Federal University of Ceará in Brazil. The work, led by Dr. Daisy Barreto and Dr. José Aires de Castro Filho, focuses on integrating STEAM and English into the Brazilian Public School System.

Dr. Filho is a professor at the Federal University of Ceará, where he specializes in educational informatics, cognitive psychology and mathematics education. Dr. Barreto is an associate professor in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education, and coordinator of WCE’s Master of Science in Instructional Technology (MIT) program.

This fall, as part of the new collaboration between UNCW and the University of Ceará, Watson College students are partnering with Dr. Barreto and WCE professor Eleni Pappamihiel to develop online modules to support teacher training that will enable Dr. Filho and his team to implement an integrated ESL and STEAM curriculum in Brazilian schools, along with the development of a deeper understanding of equity in teachers’ pedagogical practices. The participating students are Ariane Hamm, a student in WCE’s MIT program, and William Mitchell, who is enrolled in WCE’s master’s program in Teaching English as a Second Language. The materials they are working to develop will provide guidance to help teachers plan lessons and effectively implement an integrated ESL and STEAM curriculum in Brazilian schools with students in grades 1-5. Work on the modules began in November and is targeted for completion by the end of January 2023.

Read the full story on the Watson College of Education website.