Ciências & Cognição
On-line version ISSN 1806-5821
NAJJAR, Enise Cássia Abdo and ALVES, Laura Maria Silva Araújo. Research competence and ability among graduating students in occupational therapy. Ciênc. cogn. [online]. 2009, vol.14, n.3, pp. 145-159. ISSN 1806-5821.
This investigation sought to identify the perception of students concluding the course in occupation therapy at the State University of Para regarding research competence and ability. A questionnaire, composed of open and closed questions was administered to 46 concluding students (fourth and fifth year). The data pointed out important aspects related to directives implemented in a pedagogic project, containing criteria for the final course thesis. Finding revealed that research abilities related to investigative planning, procedures, and text preparation were poorly developed. The data also showed that many ingredients were considered necessary for effective training in research design. Among others, the development of a "research culture", access to current bibliography and the internet, capable teaching, a systematic teaching-learning process, and the active participation of students in the academic community
Keywords : competency; abilities; research; learning; occupational therapy.