An Alternative Teaching Method for the Regulation of the Immune Response

da Rosa, Ana Cecília Michel and Osowsk, Luiz Felipe and Tocchetto, Andréa Goya and Niederauer, Carlos Eduardo and Andrade, Cristiane Maria Benvenuto Andrade and Scroferneker, Maria Lúcia Scroferneker (2003) An Alternative Teaching Method for the Regulation of the Immune Response. [Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)]

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Purpose: Our teaching experience has shown that dealing with the molecular aspects of the immune response regulation poses several difficulties. Therefore, we developed a panel board to verify whether or not this active-learning exercise could enhance students’ learning and arouse their interest in subjects that are basically theoretical and complex. Methods: Twenty cardboard pieces labeled with the names of major regulators of the immune response and three panel boards with explanations on how major regulators work. Students had to match the cardboard pieces with the corresponding explanation. Results: One hundred forty students participated in this study. The overall response of the students to the game was very positive: 95.71% considered the panel board interesting and 95% said the panel board facilitated the understanding of the subject matter. The students’ grades significantly improved (P<0.0001). Conclusion: The results obtained show the importance of using the panel board when trying to approach a subject that is vast and complex not only for students but also for professors.

Item Type:Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)
Keywords:Immune Response; Regulation; Learning; Game
Subjects:JOURNALS > Medical Education Online > MEO Peer Reviewed
ID Code:3194
Deposited By: David, Solomon
Deposited On:09 Oct 2003
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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