Eduardo O. C. Chaves
Areas of educational interest: How technology can be used to realize the potential and improve the performance of both individuals and institutions.
Why I’m involved in EFF: Because education needs to move forward fast – even if it leaves present schools behind!
Eduardo Chaves, a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh (1972), has a career that spans academic, government, business, and third sector areas. He was, for 35 years until his retirement in 2006, Professor of Philosophy and Education at one of Brazil’s top universities, the State University of Campinas, where he was also Director of Graduate Studies and Academic Dean at the School of Education and Vice-Provost for Administration of the whole university.
Beginning in 1980, Eduardo became involved in the issue of how technology can be used to realize the potential and improve the performance of both individuals and institutions, creating, in 1983, a pioneering research center at the university to study how technology can be leveraged to improve students’ learning outcomes. Eduardo was also summoned, several times, by the government of his state (the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil) to occupy important positions in government, the most prominent being Adjunct Secretary for Higher Education.
Since 1999, Eduardo has been active in several foundations and other third sector institutions. In this capacity, he created and coordinated, for several years, the UNESCO Chair of Education and Human Development at the Ayrton Senna Institute in Brazil, was President of the Lumiar Institute, and, was, for ten years, from 2003 through 2012, a member of the International Advisory Board of Microsoft’s “Partners in Learning” program, the company’s global initiative to improve K–12 education.