Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
CYRINO, Eliana Goldfarb and TORALLES-PEREIRA, Maria Lúcia. Discovery-based teaching and learning strategies in health: problematization and problem-based learning. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2004, vol.20, n.3, pp. 780-788. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2004000300015.
Considering the changes in teaching in the health field and the demand for new ways of dealing with knowledge in higher learning, the article discusses two innovative methodological approaches: problem-based learning (PBL) and problematization. Describing the two methods' theoretical roots, the article attempts to identify their main foundations. As distinct proposals, both contribute to a review of the teaching and learning process: problematization, focused on knowledge construction in the context of the formation of a critical awareness; PBL, focused on cognitive aspects in the construction of concepts and appropriation of basic mechanisms in science. Both problematization and PBL lead to breaks with the traditional way of teaching and learning, stimulating participatory management by actors in the experience and reorganization of the relationship between theory and practice. The critique of each proposal's possibilities and limits using the analysis of their theoretical and methodological foundations leads us to conclude that pedagogical experiences based on PBL and/or problematization can represent an innovative trend in the context of health education, fostering breaks and more sweeping changes.
Keywords : Health Education; Problem Based Learning; Higher Educational.