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Revista de la Facultad de Medicina

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BECERRA-BULLA, Fabiola; VARGAS-ZARATE, Melier  and  AMADOR, Roberto. Predominant cognitive style in Physiotherapy students of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. [online]. 2014, vol.62, n.1, pp.63-69. ISSN 0120-0011.

Background. Cognitive style is a common way to process information and it is a conscious and stable individual that comes through in all tasks feature. Objective. The purpose of this paper is to define the learning styles of physiotherapy students of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and the link with the type of cognitive skills considered as necessary within this knowledge area. Materials and methods. A masked figure test was used for determining cognitive style in the field independence-dependence dimension. A socio cultural survey and a questionnaire were also used for identifying learning and studying preferences. Results. Most of the physiotherapy students were field-dependent students (65.8%). According to the semester, 60% of the second semester students were classified as sensitive or field-dependent students in the cognitive styles test. The sixth semester students were characterized by having a sensitive cognitive style to environmental influences. According to the link analysis, most of the sixth semester students, sensitive to the environment, hardly ever exercised before getting into university; they got computers and the internet to do homework and they the most of the time got a good place to study. On the other hand, the second semester students practiced sports before admission to university. Conclusions. The field-dependent cognitive style predominated in the Physiotherapy students, which could make learning easier if this is correlated with the graduate profile.

Keywords : Education; medical; Learning; Colombia; Education; Professional.

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