Revista de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 0124-0064
SAENZ-LOZADA, María L; CARDENAS-MUNOZ, María L and ROJAS-SOTO, Edgar. The effects of pedagogical training on university teaching in the field of health. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2010, vol.12, n.3, pp. 425-433. ISSN 0124-0064. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0124-00642010000300008.
Objective Evaluating changes in teaching adopted by teachers after participating in the Pedagogical Health Science Formation extension course taught by the National University of Colombia's Pedagogical Support and Teaching Formation Group from the Medicine Faculty. This was a part-time course; it dealt with topics such as didactics, curriculum, evaluation and the teacher's role. Methods A qualitative, exploratory study was carried out, involving a personal interview formulated by the investigators; this was held in each participant's place of work. Fifty teachers who had taken the course between 2003 and 2004 were interviewed. The questionnaire consisted of ten semi-structured questions. Results After taking the course, 82 % of the participants considered that the quality of their communication with students was one of their most valued qualities, having understood that learning is a process which must be shared by both teachers and students. 64 % of the participants stated that they had acquired new concepts about evaluation and had increased their use of more participative pedagogical strategies. Conclusion Teaching training courses had a positive effect on teaching, reflected in the quality of communication, teacher-student relationships and the pedagogic strategies used, all being very important elements in constructivist-orientated pedagogical models. The study's results agreed with other investigators' prior experience. The university must encourage this kind of intervention which will promote its own academic development by improving its teachers' performance.
Keywords : Medical education; teaching; educational evaluation; development programmes.