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Formative Evaluation of the Nursing Program
at a University in the South of Brazil:
Technological Tool to the Approach of the
Unified Health System*
Marta Lenise do Prado1, Ana Karolliny Testoni1, Silvana Silveira Kempfer1, Fabiane Ferraz2,
Christiny Regina Lopes1, Mariely Carmelina Bernardi1
1Department of Nursing, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil
2Department of Nursing, University of the Extreme South of Santa Catarina, Criciúma, Brazil
Received September 2013
Background: The educational evaluation focused on the critical training, creative and reflective is
wanted on the need for competent nursing professionals, acting effectively to the present chal-
lenges in the context in which the Health System performs in Brazil. Aims: Identify how the forma-
tive assessment process is expressed in the syllabus of Nursing Federal University of Santa Cata-
rina and in what features it is configured as a tool of educational technology that promotes the
approach with the Unified Health System. Method: Qualitative research, exploratory and descrip-
tive in documentary base. Data were collected from May to December 2012 and analyzed descrip-
tively, from the perspective of the proposed evaluation on the National Curriculum Guidelines/
Nursing. Results: There were 23 types of evaluation on 33 teaching plans. The category that
emerged was: “Expression of competence evaluation on plans of teaching on nursing course”,
which presents the different types of evaluation related to three dimensions: knowledge, skills
and attitudes. Conclusion: Perceives a movement of structural changes in some disciplines, mak-
ing the evaluation exit of the traditional matrix to a constructive matrix, characterized as a tech-
nological tool that enhances professional development focused on the Health System.
Education; Nursing; Educational Measurement; Competency-Based Education
Higher education in Brazil for a few years undergoes changes in its fundamental basis. The focus of educational
practice does not include the reductionist view anymore of the mass training and the contents spill randomly so
*Study derived from the macro-project “Practice critical-reflective and creative on training in Nursing”
. Funded by the National Council for
Scientific and Technological Development—CNPq. Brazil.
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that the student has the obligation to assimilate it. What is sought is to assume a personalized posture, individua-
lized, providing content to be understood by students in a pleasant way, critically and creatively, and effectively
transforming into knowledge themselves.
The National Board of Education, establishes the National Curriculum Guidelines (NCG) for graduation
courses, and have aimed out that these guidelines be models of the transformation of higher education in Brazil,
breaking the teaching characterized process by verticalization and transmission of knowledge, to promote a new
conduct, based on the formation of the critical professionals and ready to work in society .
In this context, the evaluation must be assumed as a tool for understanding the learning stage in which the
student is in order to make enough and acceptable decisions to proceed in their learning process . The evalua-
tion should enable the formation of the ethical and humanistic aiming the values and attitudes, aiming at in-
creasing the academic autonomous and permanent improvement, regulated in promoting learning modes that can
contribute effectively in the training for citizenship .
This evaluating process is a technological tool when it understands Educational Technology as a systematic
set of knowledge that enables the planning, execution, control and monitoring, involving all formal and informal
educational process, in which it reveals the know-how and know use the knowledge and equipment in all every-
day situations. To apply an Educational Technology of process or product is necessary that the teacher (health
care professional) be a facilitator of the teaching-learning, and the student an active participant in this process
that both use the creative consciousness, sensitivity and creativity in order to promote the construction and re-
construction of knowledge .
Face to the Brazilian national context, the Department of Nursing of the Federal University of Santa Catarina
(UFSC), seeking to incorporate the National Curriculum Guidelines of graduating Nursing (NCG/Nurse), in-
itiated a movement to adapt curriculum in order to attend the new determinations for health training. So that
these modifications aimed the development of the nurse with critical skill, creative and reflective, generalist and
prepared to act with the demands and principles of the Unified Health System (SUS) .
In this context, the Pedagogical Project Course (PPC) Nursing UFSC understands the evaluation as a strategy
that involves not only knowledge measurement in specific fields of knowledge, but goes further by proposing
personal skills through individual and collective projects to make the overcome of the fragmentation of know-
ledge possible, so that this movement requires a new logic, in which both the teacher and the student act simul-
taneously as key elements in the construction of knowledge . Thus, this study aims: identify how the forma-
tive evaluation process is expressed in the syllabus of Nursing UFSC and in what aspects it is configured as a
tool of educational technology that promotes the approach with the Unified Health System.
Exploratory descriptive research in documentary basis of the qualitative nature, occurred on the graduation
Nursing Course, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, that is structured with a minimum time for com-
pletion of 10 semesters, giving a total workload of 4788 hours/class.
Data were collected in the period from May to December of 2012, by requesting formal authorization of the
course teachers. Organized on table of the Microsoft Excel and analyzed descriptively, 33 Plans Teaching com-
pulsory subjects. From descriptive analysis emerged the category “Expression of the competence evaluation on
plans of teaching of nursing”.
The study derives from macro project “The critical-reflective practice and creative training in Nursing”,
which was submitted to the Ethics Committee in Researches of UFSC, getting approval under Protocol. 1.942/
Expression of Evaluation of Competence in the Syllabus of Nursing
The Brazilian National Curricular Guidelines in its content, beyond define the use of the type summative and
formative evaluation, proposes orientations for curriculum structuring integrating general and specific compe-
tencies, that several areas should maintain and develop in their pedagogical projects .
The types of assessment identified in the 33 Education Plans (Table 1) were analyzed from the perspective of
the proposed evaluation NCG/Nurse, which searches the development and improvement of skills by the student,
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related to three dimensions: knowledge, skills and attitudes.
It is possible observe that among the items expressed in the plans, written test is evidenced as the primary way
to assess knowledge. In the field of competences to the development of attitudes were described mainly the
items of participation and attendance, while, seminars and evidence or theoretical-practical activities are identi-
fied in evaluation skills.
Note that there were no evaluation procedures that refer only to the development of skills, since the items ex-
pressed in this dimension, are also considered in other dimensions. Most of evaluative proposals encompasses
more than one dimension of competence, among which stood out for seminars and theoretical-practical tests as
those that encompass the three dimensions.
Table 1. Distribution of evaluation of the described competences in the Plans Teaching of the Nursing
Course at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, 2013.
Dimensions of Evaluation of the
Competence Type of Evaluation Absolute Number
Written test 17
Report of readings: book (2), movie (1), thesis (1),
clinical study (2), abstract (1), works (8) 15
Final Report 4
Reports throughout the semester 3
Theoretical foundation 1
Field diary 1
Screenplay of anamnesis 1
Test theory-practice 7
Activity theory-practice 5
Synthesis reflective 2
Planning applied 1
Attendance / frequency 7
Looking for additional sources 1
Complementary activities 1
Source: Teaching plans Nursing Course UFSC, 2012.
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It was found that five Teaching Plans do not have scores and two describe the evaluation of attitude, but they
do not have score for that item at the final notes.
In this context, there are some processes in the plans of teaching which we refer to the formative evaluation,
considering the attitudes, skills, individual and collective . However, it is clear that inconsistencies are still
found related to the evaluation process, because most evaluations appears strongly linked to theoretical tests and
ratings of content, expressed in weight and note, and do not point to the other parameters of competences.
The concept of competence understood as a result of the relationship of knowledge, skill and attitude is a re-
sult of the evolutionary path of several management theories that started in the 70s, Being the set of capabilities
“that justify a high performance, believing that the best performances are based on the intelligence and personal-
ity of the people” . Incorporates the agenda of universities from the 90s, at moment it strengthened the idea
that employees, in addition to possessing technical knowledge, should add other skills to the full development of
their activities-purposes .
Thinking on evaluation in the non-traditional context means expanding their scope and consider other elements
in the process of teaching-learning, including their theoretical conceptions. The evaluation assumes the centrali-
ty of this process because it involves addition of faculty-student ratio, also the curriculum, the educational insti-
tution, the management and the educational system .
The presented results reinforce the need for reflection on the centrality of evaluation processes with a norma-
tive/summative aspect, in other words, traditional on the higher education, pointing to the hegemony of activities
that seek to measure the knowledge acquired, usually by means of written tests. From the perspective of norma-
tive evaluation or summative, this structure is understood as final evaluation that determines achieving goals,
aiming certify acquisition in relation to third parties, characterized by comparison, the punctuality of the evalua-
tive moment, which configures the evaluation as static activity and final [6,10].
The predominance of assessments that measure the knowledge demonstrates that the majority of evaluations
performed on the course still remain tied to assigning grades and measurement of cognitive skills at the expense
of skills and attitudes provided in conjunction. Remember and corroborates the statement that “the concern of
the reviewer is to point and try to explain results obtained by the student, to start a new period evaluative” .
The evaluation refers to the past, ending up in assigning value judgments and justifications for it, to the student
to a certain time .
Formative evaluation, however, is used as a tool to guide the necessary adjustments during the educational
process, seeking to achieve the goals objectified . Presupposes the moment of evaluation as an element of
the educational process, in which the evaluation as well as being continuous, is seen as a tool for potential
changes in teaching and learning. In formative evaluation, the teacher should not allow the results of periodic
tests, usually classificatory character, are overvalued at the expense of their daily observations of diagnostic
The teacher working in an interactive dynamic realizes the participation and productivity of each student,
considering “all formative assessment practice continuous wish to contribute to improving the learning in pro-
gress, whichever of the context and the extent of differentiation of the teaching” .
By incorporating formative evaluation makes sense the presence of items based on participation, attendance
and student creativity, gain meaning the subjective dimensions, as expressions of learning that are not confined
to the time of the tests, but permeate the whole process of teaching. Thus, evaluation is enhanced, because it as-
sesses the development of competence by students in all its dimensions, not overvaluing the knowledge.
On the other hand, traditional practices back to the certificate or evidential character experienced by student
on the scholar period, agglutinating and demonstrating results and mentioning attitudinal responses in order to
explain and justify the achievement of objectives in a time and space. “In that sense, the assessment back to the
past, reporting and explaining the present” .
The results give evidence that there is a movement of structural changes in some subjects in relation to the
evaluation, which leaves the traditional matrix, where the attributes were evaluated by means of “measuring” the
knowledge and judgment of value, for a constructivist matrix, linked to the subjective aspects of the teaching-
learning process, including the negotiation and democratic attitude that must be established between the subjects
involved. The health training from the principles of the NHS is premised on the understanding of subjectivity
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that is always present in a democratic relationship in the teaching-learning where the teacher must have clarity
about their own performance and evaluation .
The articulation of the subjects involved in the evaluation processes is another important aspect to be consi-
dered. When looking at the items that comprise the assessment of education plans, draws attention to the amount
of activities and their various denominations. The clarity of what is proposed by teachers and educational insti-
tution is important “as an expression of a process of shared work product and not as punctual and artificialized,
evaluation will gain more political significance and technical (exactly in this order), being consistent with the
formative role that was expected” .
When analyzing the data we can perceive that there is a positive movement in the Course of Nursing UFSC
by consider other dimensions of competence that go beyond the knowledge. This characteristic approaches the
plans of the teaching to the desired profile in professionals who will work in the National Health System, be-
cause the complexity of healthcare work need skills and attitudes that promote group work, a good interpersonal
relationship between professionals and these with the community, among many other aspects that permeate
comprehensive care and expanded clinic, which need to be exercised over training.
This scenario that objective achieve in higher education aims at training for life in society, permitting every-
one involved one process that leads to a supportive and fair living, therefore proposed the formation of citizens
and the consolidation of citizenship in order to build a more democratic society .
On the motion the formation of competencies, it is essential discuss extensively the role of evaluation in the
setting of higher education. As a technological tool, formative evaluation enhances the professional develop-
ment of students. However, if understood as the final activity of the educational process, is limited to justify be-
haviors, losing the opportunity to transform students into better citizens.
Due to a historical context focused on the evaluation in traditional matrix, it appears that the examined course,
there is still a predominance of cognitive instruments that assess students quantitatively, linking evaluation to
content and disciplinary knowledge. However, some plans of teaching have an adaptation movement to Peda-
gogical Project of Course in a perspective of formative evaluating, valuing the participation, motivation, per-
formance and involvement of the group, stands out the potential of students for citizenship. This aspect can be
recognized as a tool of educational technology, that approaches and assists in the training of professionals, capa-
ble of operating on the SUS of reflectively form, critically and creatively.
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