The Landless Voices Database: A Trajectory from Cultural Studies to Pedagogical Impact
Author(s)Vieira,Else R. P.
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AbstractThis article initially addresses the conception of the web-enabled database Landless Voices (Vieira, 2003) as a contribution to Cultural Studies and, crucially, to the understanding of the relational workings of Brazil's complex and regionally diverse culture of landlessness, and to the validation of the cultural self-expression of the sem-terra/Sem Terra. Secondly, it analyzes speculative data obtained from prospective primary teachers being trained at the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil, on the contribution of the database to the pedagogical context. The main findings are that the three predominant types of impact, using Meagher's terminology (2013, p. 5) are conceptual (new knowledge), cultural (revising misconceptions) and instrumental (future development of pedagogic practices). It then moves to empirical research on social impact, understood as the contribution of academic research to non-academic users, more specifically to its presumably main beneficiaries - the Sem Terra learners themselves. The findings of these first exploratory workshops with learners in four rural schools in settlements in the states of Paraná and São Paulo, respectively in October and November 2013, are that the database broadens their educational resources and empowers a historically marginalized social segment. This article confirms, however, that impact is not a punctual activity (Meagher, 2013) and concludes on the need for continuous interaction with learners for the pedagogic impact of academic research to be generated1.