Research Group

Problem and Project-based Learning Research Group


Research Goals:

Our research group has the goal to foster the use of Problem and Project-based Learning educational approach in Federal University of Sao Paulo and other Brazilian universities.
We are interested in research different educational arrangements ( face-to-face courses, distance learning courses), involving students, universities, institutions and communities. We are also interested in studying teach and learning techniques and the use of games and other tools in an educational context.

*This group is certified in CNPQ ( National Center of Development of Science and Technology) and connected to the Federal University of Sao Paulo´s Extension Group Laboratory of Social Projects

The following video gives an overview of our work.

Project-based learning experience

*Um minidocumentário para divulgar e incentivar a replicação do modelo de aprendizado baseado em projetos acadêmicos de pós-graduação. Projeto desenvolvido pelos alunos do curso de Especialização em Gestão de Projetos, da Universidade de São Paulo, na matéria Simulação de um Projeto. www.documentando.com.br Produção: Documentando e Plano Astral Filmes Direção: Cecilia Engels


Published articles ( 2015 to 2018)
  1.  The systemic impacts of an educational project conducted by one university in partnership with fifteen organizations  João Alberto Arantes do Amaral, Claudia Frazão, Journal Science Education International 
  2.  The dynamics of connecting universities, NGOs and community members by means of academic projects directed to people in need  João Alberto Arantes do Amaral, Cristina Toshie Motohashi Matsusaki, Journal- Educational Action Research 
  3. University students' support to an NGO that helps children with cancer: the lessons learned in thirteen academic projects João Alberto Arantes do Amaral, Erica Okazaki, International Journal of Action Research  
  4. Using group drawings activities to facilitate the understanding of the systemic aspects of projects  , João Alberto Arantes do Amaral, Aurélio Hess, Paulo Gonçalves, Vinícius Picanço Rodrigues,  International Journal of Instruction, 
  5.  The use of systems thinking concepts in order to assure continuous improvement of project based learning courses   Joao Alberto Arantes do Amaral, Paulo Gonçalves, Journal of Problem Based Learning in Higher Education- Aalborg University, Denmark 
  6. Creating a project-based learning environment to improve project management skills of graduate students  Joao Alberto Arantes do Amaral, Paulo Gonçalves, Aurélio Hess, Journal of Problem Based Learning in Higher Education- Aalborg University, Denmark
  7. Fundraising strategies developed by MBA students in project-based learning courses  Joao Alberto Arantes do Amaral, Paulo Gonçalves, Liege Mariel Petroni, Aurélio Hess, Journal of Problem Based Learning in Higher Education- Aalborg University, Denmark
  8. The dynamics of project-based learning extension courses: the “Laboratory of Social Projects” case study, João Alberto Arantes do Amaral  Journal of Problem Based Learning in Higher Education- Aalborg University, Denmark
  9. "What drives the viewership of an online video-lecture course? A case study  João Alberto Arantes do Amaral, Aurélio Hess, Anatolian Journal of Education 
  10.  Criando regras apenas para quebrá-las: uma análise sistêmica de treze processos controversos de seleção de docentes, João Alberto Arantes do Amaral, Polêm!ca- UERJ
  11. Combining Project-Based Learning and Community-Based Research in a Research Methodology Course: The Lessons Learned  João Alberto Arantes do Amaral, Rebeca Julia Lino dos Santos-- International Journal of Instruction, 2018.
  12. The WEBSIM FISHBANKS Simulation Laboratory: Analysis of its Ripple Effects. João Alberto Arantes do Amaral, Aurélio Hess - International Journal of Instruction, 2018.
  13. Lessons learned in providing a project-based learning course in a multi-campus, blended learning environmentJoão Alberto Arantes do Amaral , Cintia Rejane Möller Araujo, Rebeca Júlia Rodrigues Lino dos Santos, Journal of Problem Based Learning in Higher Education- Aalborg University, Denmark, 2018 .
  14. The Dynamics of Providing Support to Crack Cocaine Addicts in Open-Air Drug Scenes: the lessons learned by the ‘Helpers’ intervention project, João Alberto Arantes do Amaral, Aurélio Hess,International Journal of Action Research, 2018.
  15. Reflections on thirteen years directing community-based learning projects, João Alberto Arantes do Amaral, Collaborations: a journal of community-based research and practice, Miami University / Rutgers, 2018.
  16. Using the Arts to Foster Students’ Interest, Engagement, and Learning in a Distance-Learning Environment, João Alberto Arantes do Amaral, Suzana Costa Brito, Anatolian Journal of Education/ 2018

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