ERIC Number: EJ1139105
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Effect of an Educational Game on University Students' Learning about Action Potentials
Luchi, Kelly Cristina Gaviao; Montrezor, Luís Henrique; Marcondes, Fernanda K.
Advances in Physiology Education, v41 n2 p222-230 Jun 2017
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of an educational game that is used for teaching the mechanisms of the action potentials in cell membranes. The game was composed of pieces representing the intracellular and extracellular environments, ions, ion channels, and the Na+-K+-ATPase pump. During the game activity, the students arranged the pieces to demonstrate how the ions move through the membrane in a resting state and during an action potential, linking the ion movement with a graph of the action potential. To test the effect of the game activity on student understanding, first-year dental students were given the game to play at different times in a series of classes teaching resting membrane potential and action potentials. In all experiments, students who played the game performed better in assessments. According to 98% of the students, the game supported the learning process. The data confirm the students' perception, indicating that the educational game improved their understanding about action potentials.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Dentistry, Foreign Countries, Cytology, Scientific Concepts, Outcomes of Education, Teaching Methods, Physiology, Student Evaluation, Educational Experiments, Statistical Analysis
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