This paper presents the results of a study carried out to evaluate the development of teaching and learning, supported by a problem-based participatory approach, from the perspective of professors and students of the Escola Tocantinense do Sistema Único de Gismar Gomes, in training National Health System workers and those seeking to enter this labor market. We opted for the ‘research itinerary’ approach set forth by educator Paulo Freire, adopting ‘crop circles’ as data collection framework, in three stages: Construction of generating themes; encoding and decoding of the issues, and critical unveiling. These themes were identified: Problematization as a methodological option; application of the investigative methodology; challenges in the teaching-learning process, and factors that hinder or facilitate the teaching-learning process. This process enabled closer relations among the various participants and allowed discussions on aspects of the school teaching-learning process, affording a better understanding of this reality, allowing it to be re-contextualized with new possibilities, progress, and means to overcome.
Vocational education; training of human resources; teaching and learning