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Cooperative learning combined with short periods of lecturing: A good alternative in teaching biochemistry

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dc.contributor.author Fernández Santander, Ana spa
dc.date.accessioned 2013-11-27T17:26:27Z
dc.date.available 2013-11-27T17:26:27Z
dc.date.issued 2008 spa
dc.identifier.citation Fernández‐Santander, A. (2008). Cooperative learning combined with short periods of lecturing: a good alternative in teaching biochemistry. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 36(1), 34-38. spa
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11268/742
dc.description.abstract The informal activities of cooperative learning and short periods of lecturing has been combined and used in the university teaching of biochemistry as part of the first year course of Optics and Optometry in the academic years 2004-2005 and 2005-2006. The lessons were previously elaborated by the teacher and included all that is necessary to understand the topic (text, figures, graphics, diagrams, pictures, etc.). Additionally, a questionnaire was prepared for every chapter. All lessons contained three parts: objectives, approach and development, and the assessment of the topic. Team work, responsibility, and communication skills were some of the abilities developed with this new methodology. Students worked collaboratively in small groups of two or three following the teacher's instructions with short periods of lecturing that clarified misunderstood concepts. Homework was minimized. On comparing this combined methodology with the traditional one (only lecture), students were found to exhibit a higher satisfaction with the new method. They were more involved in the learning process and had a better attitude toward the subject. The use of this new methodology showed a significant increase in the mean score of the students' academic results. The rate of students who failed the subject was significantly inferior in comparison with those who failed in the previous years when only lecturing was applied. This combined methodology helped the teacher to observe the apprenticeship process of students better and to act as a facilitator in the process of building students' knowledge. spa
dc.language.iso eng spa
dc.title Cooperative learning combined with short periods of lecturing: A good alternative in teaching biochemistry spa
dc.type article spa
dc.description.impact 0.635 JCR (2008) Q3, 15/24 Biochemistry & molecular biology; Q4, 255/275 Education, scientific disciplines spa
dc.identifier.doi 10.1002/bmb.20141 spa
dc.rights.accessRights closedAccess en
dc.subject.unesco Bioquímica spa
dc.description.filiation UEM spa
dc.peerreviewed Si spa


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