Anatomy From the Inside Out: A 3 Dimensional Kinesthetic Learning Method
Section: Academy of PT Education
Session Code: ED-2A-5388
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate
This session will examine one effective alternative active learning method to supplement classic gross anatomy dissection. Attendees will be exposed to active and alternative learning theories and take part in a hands-on clay modeling lab. The lab will make use of 4 different types of plastic skeleton models using different colors of modeling clay to create and build layers of muscle and tissues from the bones out. Teaching in this manner, building structures from the inside out, is a kinesthetic learning experience that requires students to create the anatomy, not just discover the structure through dissection. By creating, errors and holes in knowledge are easily identified and can be quickly rectified through immediate formative feedback. Exploring alternative teaching methods may help accommodate multiple learning preferences to improve overall understanding of anatomy. Pedagogical research has demonstrated that this is an effective model for applying the flipped classroom methodology to the gross anatomy laboratory.
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. Compare and contrast dissection vs. clay modeling for effective understanding of 3-dimensional anatomy in physical therapy education.
2. Discuss the pedagogical advantages of using clay modeling as an adjunct to cadaveric dissection in order to accommodate various learning styles.
3. Discuss the unique value of clay modeling to facilitate palpation skill development in entry-level physical therapy students.
4. Apply an active learning concept to improve student engagement in anatomy education.
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