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Author(s): Pava-Ripoll Nora Aneth | Ocampo-GòmezOlga Lucía | Bonilla-Marquínez Olga Patricia

Journal: Investigaciones ANDINA
ISSN 0124-8146

Volume: 10;
Issue: 16;
Start page: 67;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Competency-based Education | Students | Essays | Training

Introduction: In a qualitative study, of hermeneutic assessment, the authors structured a proposal to develop argumentative writing skills in University students. In Colombia, the more relevant difficulties in the construction of argumentative essays were determined and the subjective aspects for the construction of those written assignments were taken into account.Methods: Based on the didactic functional and procedural approaches defined by Héctor Perez Grajales to work on the written expression,Results: We found that 67% of the essays from the Catholic University of Manizales and 50% of the essays from the Universidad del Rosario students were considered of good quality. The participants understood the importance of planning essay construction and identifed the essential aspects and procedures of that planning.Conclusion: They also understood the value of the self-correcting and recognized their improvement on their writing skills from this process. Students affirmed that those learning processes will be useful to give coherence and cohesion to their writings and to identify clear parameters when correcting documents. They also emphasized the applicability of these concepts in their professional formation. The initial proposal was enriched through this experience and it could be applied with other groups of students at the University level.

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