Luciana A. Almeida, Maurício N. Frota, Maria Helena A. Frota
METROLOGY EDUCATION AND CITIZENSHIP: THE BRAZILIAN EXPERIENCE
The XVII IMEKO World Congress presents a paper on Metrology Education and Citizenship that describes Brazilian experiences with metrology education at all academic levels. Based on a Master’s Degree dissertation entitled METROLOGY: A TOOL FOR CITIZENSHIP recently presented at the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, it analyses education and legislation in Metrology, among other related issues, while addressing the Brazilian experience with metrology education.
This study argues that the sooner metrological concepts embody cultural patterns of human behaviour the faster civilization will reach the desirable stage of democracy, as metering and measuring may be considered effective ways of ensuring fair shares and equitable access to human rights in this new historical era, where Humankind and the Quality of Life emerge as true parameters for assessing social, economic, political or industrial development.
In order to verify the extent to which Brazilian society is committed to this new social order, two factors were considered: education and legal documentation. Legal documents were analyzed on the assumption that the law is the main driving force underpinning democratic living conditions. The following aspects were taken into consideration: Brazil’s 1988 Constitution (known at the time it was promulgated as the Citizenship Constitution); the Brazilian Consumer Protection and Defence Code; and Metrology Regulations. In terms of Education, the historical path of Metrology is analyzed within the framework of formal education in Brazil, providing input for private and public policies addressing this sector. Special attention is paid to (i) an analysis of post-graduate programmes in Metrology within the overall context of post-graduation education in Brazil; (ii) educational policies and other political actions consolidating Metrology as an efficient ally for democracy and citizenship.
Attention was also given to the influence of major industrial landmarks on Brazil’s competitiveness, in order to understand forces with positive effects on the social changes required to guarantee the quality of life and citizens’ rights as crucial living conditions for humankind.