Education in Brazil

An International Perspective

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The Education in Brazil: An International Perspective report was developed drawing on internationally comparative data on education in Brazil, in particular the extensive range of data collected by the OECD through its surveys. The experiences of other countries and how they have tackled challenges similar to those now faced by Brazil, along with the insights from consultations with key national experts, also inform the analysis. The report benchmarks with OECD and a set of comparator emerging economies the whole education system from early childhood education and care to tertiary education, focusing on:

  • Access and participation
  • Learning and labour market outcomes
  • The allocation, use and efficiency of financial, human and material resources
  • School leaders, teachers and teaching
  • The school climate and student well-being

The report highlights the many strengths of Brazil’s education system, identifies the main challenges ahead and offers policy implications for the future.


Students’ behaviour, expectations and well-being

On several measures, the well-being and life chances of Brazilian children have clearly improved. However, significant issues remain, and new challenges have emerged, many of which are linked to the COVID-19 crisis. This chapter draws on results from PISA, the TALIS questionnaire and national surveys to discuss student behaviours, expectations and well-being in Brazil, how they compare to benchmark countries, and the implications they have for learning. The aim is to help identify policies and practices that increase resilience, lower stress levels, enhance well-being and improve learning in the short-, medium- and long-term. This chapter will focus on three interrelated themes: first, the school environment and culture, which have a profound influence on students’ attitudes, behaviour and life chances. Second, students’ aspirations and perceptions. Third, their material, psychological, cognitive, social and physical well-being.



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