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Educación Médica Superior

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ARDILA-DUARTE, Carlos et al. Problem-based learning for the development of cross-sectional competences regarding health area programs at a higher education institution in Barranquilla, Colombia. Educ Med Super [online]. 2019, vol.33, n.1, e1763.  Epub Mar 01, 2019. ISSN 0864-2141.


The Problem-based learning is a pedagogic strategy based on the student as the primary author of his own learning, this strategy constitutes a new perspective of teaching. At college level Problem-based learning is outlined like one of the most innovative approaches in the current academic education.


The aim of this research was to analyze the strategy of Problem-based learning in the development of transversal, instrumental and systemic competencies in college first semester students, in the healthy area.


The sample was composed by 465 students. All of them developed the topic about values and environment in the frame of biology course employing Problem-based learning. following that they completed an evaluation questionnaire about transversal competencies, which evaluated the development achieved in each of the competences.


The results suggest a greater development of the systemics competences with the use of the Problem-based learning strategy.


We concluded that this strategy Problem-based learning possibly helps to favor the collaborative work in college students.

Keywords : Problem-based learning; competencies; biology; higher education.

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