Understanding physiology by acting out concepts

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Typically, classes in anatomy and physiology are taught via lecture and visual aids. This seems to work well for students who are primarily auditory and visual learners but not for those who learn better through kinesthetic experiences. This is the first report describing the use of improvisation to act out physiological concepts within an anatomy and physiology course. Improvisational techniques encourage active participation and allow students to personally interact with and experience difficult concepts in the classroom. In this paper, sensory modality preferences for learning will be discussed briefly. Improvisational techniques will be described, and examples of improvisations useful to convey intricate physiological concepts will be provided. Last, student responses to the use of improvisational techniques in an anatomy and physiology course will be reported.


Anatomy – Study and teaching; Kinesthetic learners; Learning; Learning; Psychology of; Physiology – Study and teaching; Teaching methods


Anatomy | Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Physiology | Science and Mathematics Education


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