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Anales de la Facultad de Ciencias Médicas (Asunción)

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ROJAS MELGAREJO, JA; MERELES OVIEDO, FJ; BARRIOS, I  and  TORALES, J. Vocational skills and learning processes in high school students of the “Santa Rosa” National School, San Pedro Department, Paraguay, 2016. An. Fac. Cienc. Méd. (Asunción) [online]. 2017, vol.50, n.1, pp.17-24. ISSN 1816-8949.


Learning processes are study techniques used by students in order to achieve academic excellence. Vocational skills encompass those axes related to different professions in which students can perform.

Materials and methods:

Observational, descriptive and cross-sectional study, with non-probabilistic and at criterion sampling, of students of the “Santa Rosa” National School, Department of San Pedro, enrolled in secondary education.


58.7% were women. Mean age was 17±1 years. The vocational skills with the most positive responses were those of the social service axis, followed by the scientific axis. In terms of learning processes, students were found to be quite comfortable with their technique and place of study. The main problems in their learning process were found in their physical state and in their work plan.


The vocational skills of high school students have to be evaluated to help and guide them in the process of selecting a future career, as well as to detect early learning problems, in order to avoid poor academic performance and dropping out of the career.

Keywords : vocational skills; learning processes; students.

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