Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Fifth International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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A first experience with Problem-based learning in a course of Psychometrics
Laura Galiana

Last modified: 25-06-2019


The aim of this study was to to describe students’ perceptions on problem-based learning (PBL) when applied in a course of Psychometrics. 34 students participated in the course. Activities were conducted in groups of three students during two sessions of two hours each, and included the traditional steps in the PBL tutorial process. Participants were surveyed on their perceptions on PBL, acquisition of competences in PBL vs Traditional learning, and will to use PBL methodology in the future. Results pointed that students’ perceived PBL could help them to improve group work and problem resolution. Students preferred PBL methodology to acquire responsibility for learning, work with groups and conflicts, acquire a receptive attitude, and skills related to share information and learn from others. Finally, around 60% of the students expressed their will to take more courses (either Psycometrics or other courses) using PBL. These findings are a starting point to use the PBL methodology in other contexts different to the medical education. Specifically for Psychometrics teachers, it is of importance to rely in a methodology that provides students satisfaction, will to repeat, while acquiring the contents of the cours and general competences.

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