Chapter 9: Corporate social responsibility and education reform in Brazil: a critical analysis
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This chapter uses the case of Intel Corporation in Brazil to explore the tensions surrounding the use of corporate funding to promote education reform. Using a distended case approach to policy analysis, it explores Intel’s investment in science fairs in Brazil and abroad to show how, while the movement for science fairs in Brazil has made significant contributions towards the need for a diversified science curriculum, it not only promoted the establishment of a movement that contradicts existing conceptions of the value of science, but it also punished other movements that failed to abide by its standards. These results serve to indicate the increased impact of international philanthropic work in science education, in ways that often contradict the basic principles of a country’s education system. These findings should promote further discussion about the influence of international programs of corporate responsibility, especially in the field of education.