PBL method in the formative process in postgraduate courses An evaluation from students' perception

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Juan Arturo Castañeda-Ayarza
Samuel Carvalho De Benedicto
Denise Helena Lombardo Ferreira
Marileide Barbosa

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Several teaching and learning methods, alternative to the traditional method of content transmission and reception, are being proposed and discussed by researchers, aiming to improve the professionals' formation. One of the methods being applied in various educational areas and at different levels of education is the Problem Based Learning (PBL). However, there is still not much evidence about the advantages and disadvantages of applying this method in the formative process of students in postgraduate courses. Consequently, the objective of this work is to evaluate the perception of postgraduate students of a Stricto Sensu course after experiencing the PBL method in their formative disciplines. Through the application of a questionnaire, the perceptions of students who used the PBL method and the traditional teaching method, respectively, were collected in two disciplines of the Interdisciplinary Master's Degree in Sustainability, from a private university in the state of São Paulo - Brazil. The results show the feeling at the beginning and during the learning process using PBL; the perception of the PBL when compared with the traditional teaching method; and the perception of specific skills developed with the PBL. Finally, it can be said that PBL is a teaching method with broad potential in the learning process of a postgraduate course, both for the possibility of building knowledge autonomously, and for the development of specific competences and skills related to postgraduate study and research activities.

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Castañeda-Ayarza, J. A., Carvalho De Benedicto, S. ., Helena Lombardo Ferreira, D., & Barbosa, M. (2019). PBL method in the formative process in postgraduate courses: An evaluation from students’ perception. International Journal for Innovation Education and Research, 7(12), 333-347. https://doi.org/10.31686/ijier.vol7.iss12.2069
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Juan Arturo Castañeda-Ayarza, Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas (PUC-Campinas).

PhD in Energy Systems Planning from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil.

Professor and researcher at the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas (PUC-Campinas), Economics and Administration Center.

Samuel Carvalho De Benedicto, Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas (PUC-Campinas).

PhD in Administration from the Federal University of Lavras (UFLA), Brazil.

Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas (PUC-Campinas), Economics and Administration Center, Stricto Sensu Postgraduate Program in Sustainability.

Denise Helena Lombardo Ferreira, Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas (PUC-Campinas)

PhD in Mathematical Education from Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Brazil.

Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas (PUC-Campinas), Economics and Administration Center, Stricto Sensu Postgraduate Program in Sustainability.

Marileide Barbosa

Master in Sustainability from Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas (PUC-Campinas), Brazil.

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