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ERIC Number: EJ1115821
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1043-4046
Active Learning in Neuroscience: A Manipulative to Simulate Visual Field Defects
Li, Andrew Yue-Lin; Carvalho, Helena
Advances in Physiology Education, v40 n4 p462-464 Dec 2016
Prevalent in 20-57% of stroke patients, visual field defects have been shown to impact quality of life. Studies have shown increased risk of falling, ambulatory difficulties, impaired reading ability, and feelings of panic in crowded or unfamiliar places in patients with visual field defects. Rehabilitation, independence, and mental health may also be impacted. It is important for medical students to learn the science and clinical presentation behind vision loss. Unfortunately, many medical students today rate their neurology knowledge lower than that of other medical fields, and believe that the method of teaching neurology in medical schools can be improved. This tracking study follows first-year medical student learning through implementation of a visual field defects teaching tool incorporating elements of active learning, fun in learning, and application of knowledge to clinical situations. Students used masks with attachable cutouts to simulate visual field defects on themselves and their classmates. The simulation was paired with an interactive workshop and clinical application to reinforce concepts. The authors hypothesized that modeling defects using the mask will improve student knowledge and confidence of visual field pathophysiology and clinical presentation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia
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