Work in small groups makes easy the Biochemical teaching and learning

Gladis Magnarelli Maria Martha Quintana Laura García Elena Villagrán De Rosso Luis Cabrera Lídia Ruiz-Moreno About the authors

The objective of this work was the analysis of the new biochemistry teaching proposal presented in the Medicine Career. This proposal included changes in the teaching-learning and evaluation strategies. Explanatory lessons were replaced for Discussions in Small Groups (DSG) where groups of ten students discuss different issues related to situations in the health-illness process. At the same time, individual mid-term exams were changed for Evaluations in Small Groups (ESG) with presentation of problematic situations for discussion and group analysis. The qualitative information contained herein was obtained from organized meetings with teachers and students. The data analysis was directed by: motivation, interpersonal relationships, group work, knowledge building, communication, theoretical and practical integration and evaluation. The DSG together with other didactic strategies of the department such as Consolidation Lessons, Scientific Seminars, Laboratory Written Assignments and ESG motivated teachers and students, allowed the recovery of previous knowledge and the active search for it, encouraged the interpersonal relationships and the conceptual integration. In this way, the inclusion of this type of strategies benefited the significant learning processes and promoted changes.

Medical Education; Biochemistry; Teaching; Educational assessment

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