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Study of the comprehension of the scientific method by members of a university health research laboratory

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Study of the comprehension of the scientific method by members of a university health research laboratory

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Título Study of the comprehension of the scientific method by members of a university health research laboratory
Autor Burlamaque-Neto, Antônio Carlos
Santos, Gabriella Rejane dos
Lisbôa, Leon de Moraes
Goldim, José Roberto
Machado, Carmen Lúcia Bezerra
Matte, Ursula da Silveira
Giugliani, Roberto
Abstract In Brazil, scientific research is carried out mainly at universities, where professors coordinate research projects with the active participation of undergraduate and graduate students. However, there is no formal program for the teaching/learning of the scientific method. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the comprehension of the scientific method by students of health sciences who participate in scientific projects in an academic research laboratory. An observational descriptive crosssectional study was conducted using Edgar Morin complexity as theoretical reference. In a semi-structured interview, students were asked to solve an abstract logical puzzle - TanGram. The collected data were analyzed using the hermeneutic-dialectic analysis method proposed by Minayo and discussed in terms of the theoretical reference of complexity. The students’ concept of the scientific method is limited to participation in projects, stressing the execution of practical procedures as opposed to scientific thinking. The solving of the TanGram puzzle revealed that the students had difficulties in understanding questions and activities focused on subjects and their processes. Objective answers, even when dealing with personal issues, were also reflected on the students’ opinions about the characteristics of a successful researcher. Students’ difficulties concerning these issues may affect their scientific performance and result in poorly designed experiments. This is a preliminary study that should be extended to other centers of scientific research.
Contido em Brazilian journal of medical and biological research = Revista brasileira de pesquisas médicas e biológicas. Ribeirão Preto. Vol. 45, n. 2 (fev. 2012), p. 93-96
Assunto Domínios científicos
Pesquisa científica e desenvolvimento tecnológico
[en] Academic scientific research
[en] Complexity
[en] Scientific method
Origem Nacional
Tipo Artigo de periódico
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10183/81705
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