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Educación Médica

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VERA CORTES, Manuel L.  and  CANALEJAS PEREZ, Mª del Coro. The portfolio as a learning resource and evaluation tool for course repeating students of the nursing school. Educ. méd. [online]. 2007, vol.10, n.2, pp.114-120. ISSN 1575-1813.

The goal of this educative experience is to use the portfolio as a tool to drive self-direction in the learning to learn process and to stimulate individual knowledge construction. Material and methods: The experience was undertaken throughout three academic years at the Nursing School of La Paz (Universidad Autónoma. Madrid). The portfolio was made for twenty one students enrolled in the Human Ecology and Community Health class. None of them was having obtained a pass grade during last year course. The experience was developed in two phases, the design phase and the tool application phase. Results: All students, excepting one, made progress with different excellence degrees in critical knowledge elaboration and developing the capability to drive self-direction of learning process. All of them emphasized the usefulness of the experience to understand the most important guidelines of the course and to acquire competences as auto-guided learners. Conclusions: The objectives set for the portfolio experience have been achieved, and we believe it will be convenient to carry it out with rehearsing students. The formative assessment and the dialogue whit teacher or between students facilitate a progressively build capabilities to understand new concepts and increase metacognitive skills development. Using the portfolio with a higher number of students would require working it out in small groups and that several tutors took care of the learning process of the students.

Keywords : Portfolio; learning to learn; constructive learning; self directed learning; active learning; self assessment; formative assessment.

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