Secondary Education Under Authoritarian Governance: The Case Of Brazil, 1930-1945 (brazil, Vargas, Laws, Campos/capanema)

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Doctor of Education (Educat.D.)


Purpose. The purpose of this work was to study the actions taken and results of a set of secondary education laws during the government of President Getulio Vargas between 1930-1945.Background. In 1930, Brazil passed from a laissez-faire system of government to an authoritarian framework rooted in centralized decision making. A concerted effort by civilian military coalition was made to achieve social integration. Secondary Education was given prominence in this effort, because only a segment of Brazilian society had the opportunity to reach that educational level. The research focused on the actions and effects of Francisco Campos Secondary Education Law of 1931 and Capanema's Law of 1942.Methodology. In order to accomplish the study, all secondary and primary sources such as Brazilian Constitution, educational laws, census data, school data, microfilms, school journals and interviews were reviewed.


Education, Secondary

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