ERIC Number: EJ1209351
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Research Ability in Chemistry and the Tuning Latin America Specific Competences: A Comparative Study at University of Cuyo (Argentina)
Dias, Iris V.; Fernández Guillermet, Armando; Rubau, Carina E.; Tovar Toulouse, María M.
Tuning Journal for Higher Education, v2 n1 p179-195 Nov 2014
Research ability can be thought of as a competence, which requires other abilities -- both generic and specific -- to be successfully developed. In this study, we determine the degree of importance that the 21 specific competences (SCs) established in the Tuning Latin America (Tuning-LA) Project, have in the acquisition of research ability in Chemistry, as a result of taking the degree program offered at the Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (FCEN-UNCUYO, Mendoza, Argentina). To this end, we adopted the SCs proposed as learning objectives in undergraduate studies in Chemistry, and consulted academics and students at FCEN-UNCUYO about (1) the importance of these competences in his/ her opinion for work in the profession; (2) the level of achievement of these competences, that they estimated was reached as a result of taking the FCEN-UNCUYO degree program in Chemistry; and, (3) the relevance of the Tuning-AL specific competences for the development of research ability in Chemistry. The results of the survey at FCEN-UNCUYO are compared with those obtained by consulting academics and students in the framework of the Tuning-LA Project. Detailed comparisons between the opinion of academics and students at FCEN-UNCUYO are also reported.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Research Skills, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Competence, College Faculty, Skill Development, Alignment (Education), Knowledge Level, Science Process Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Argentina