Which Brazilian scientists and researchers are producing studies in areas of science that can contribute to education? To facilitate the localization of such individuals and encourage contact between researchers in various areas of knowledge, the Rede CpE (the CpE Network) of the Rede Nacional de Ciência para Educação (the National Science for Education Network) and the Instituto Ayrton Senna, with the support of the Fundação de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (the Research Support Foundation of the State of Rio de Janeiro), have launched the Plataforma CpE (the CpE Platform), which combines search criteria based on information extracted from the Lattes platform and the Database of Theses and Dissertations of the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel, CAPES).
Available free of charge, the tool aims to encourage cooperation between researchers from all areas that interface with education. According to network researcher Daniele Botaro, the idea is that it can be used by anyone to find academic profiles, interact with those who are researching the same subject or even create multidisciplinary teams. “You can find people who are from two different worlds [science and education], but working the same subject,” she says.
The platform is the result of a project that mapped the academic profiles registered in the collections of the Lattes Platform and the CAPES Database of Theses and Dissertations. With the support of the ScriptLattes tool, created by Professor Jesus Mena-Chalco of the Universidade Federal do ABC (ABC Federal University), data from the curriculums of researchers studying in areas that interfaced with or could be applied to the area of teaching and learning was compiled. From a search of 337 key-words, the profiles of 25,718 Brazilian researchers were identified, of whom 25,000 are highly productive and collaborative.
Within this group, the CpE platform allows researchers or research groups to be searched for, combining criteria such as academic seniority (considered to be the time between first and last publication), keywords, field of activity and the collaboration network of a researcher.
With the possibility of integrating different fields of knowledge and promoting multidisciplinary studies, the neuroscientist Roberto Lent, coordinator of the CpE Network, projects that in the next few years the platform can help put Brazil in a leading position in global translational research, which brings the work of laboratories and research centers closer to the reality of the classroom. “Science for education is an element of innovative public policy that can result in an acceleration of Brazil’s educational indicators,” he says.
“I think we have now taken the first big step, but not the last step,” says Mozart Neves Ramos, director of Articulation and Innovation at the Instituto Ayrton Senna. According to Neves Ramos, other strategies can now be developed to contribute to the approximation between the field of science and education, such as the creation of development grants for these research areas. “We will only improve basic education if we have knowledge of the science available.”
* Translated by James Young