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The availability of teaching–pedagogical resources used for promotion of learning in teaching human anatomy

Authors Aragão JA, Fonseca-Barreto AT, Brito CJ, Guerra DR, Nunes-Mota JC, Prado Reis F

Received 28 April 2013

Accepted for publication 5 June 2013

Published 30 August 2013 Volume 2013:4 Pages 157—163

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/AMEP.S47145

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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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José Aderval Aragão,1,5 Ana Terra Fonseca-Barreto,2 Ciro José Brito,1,3 Danilo Ribeiro Guerra,1 José Carlos Nunes-Mota,4 Francisco Prado Reis5

1Master's Degree Program in Physical Education, Universidade Federal de Sergipe (UFS), Aracaju, Sergipe, Brazil; 2School of Medicine, Universidade Federal de Sergipe (UFS), Aracaju, Sergipe, Brazil; 3Department of Physical Education, Universidade Federal de Sergipe (UFS), Aracaju, Sergipe, Brazil; 4Department of Morphology, (UFS), Aracaju, Sergipe, Brazil; 5School of Medicine, Universidade Tiradentes (UNIT), Aracaju, Sergipe, Brazil

Abstract: Five hundred students attending higher education institutions in northeastern Brazil responded to questionnaires about their anatomy classes; students represented a variety of different health sciences disciplines. Analysis of the responses revealed the participation of teaching assistants in a large percentage of classes and the use of teaching resources, particularly images, from conventional radiographs to magnetic resonance images. The number of classes for cadaver dissection and the number of students with access to that type of class were small. In most cases, dissection was performed according to anatomic regions or systems. Medicine and nursing students had the highest number of practical dissection classes. Most students were assessed using practical and theoretical tests. Findings revealed conditions similar to those found elsewhere. Resources should be renewed and used to improve teaching for students whose courses demand the study of human anatomy.

Keywords: educational assessments, gross anatomy, dissection, education medical undergraduate, anatomic models

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