DESIRABLE CHARACTERISTICS OF BASIC SCIENCE PROFESSOR: ENGINEERING CASE

I. Uriarte-Ramírez, P. Medina-Castro, N.A. Barboza-Tello, R. Vázquez Prieto

Universidad Autonoma de Baja California (MEXICO)
In 2006 the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC) adopted a new educative model. This model propose a new vision: teaching by competence. This leads to transform the principal actors in the teaching learning process: students and professors.

The UABC model propose a professional training cycle organized in stages: basic, disciplinary and terminal. The basic stage is an initial phase in the teaching process.

This phase develops generic skills, which are classified as:
a) instrumentals
b) systemic and
c) interpersonal (Tuning Project, 2003).

These skills enable students to learn and develop an integrated vision by providing training both within classrooms and throughout life. This phase also comprises learning courses that allow the acquisition of general knowledge of different basic sciences areas to develop basic disciplinary skills that every professional in engineering should have.

Unfortunately, is in this phase has a high dropout rate and reprobation. That is why this paper presents an analysis of the professor roll according with the UABC model and a description of the desirable characteristics of professors that teach sciences in the first semesters in Engineering Program within a competence model.