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ERIC Number: EJ1287825
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2021
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1935-9772
Introducing Children to Anatomy: "Getting to Know Our Bodies: The First Step toward Becoming a Scientist"
Ortug, Gursel; Midi, Ahmet; Elbizim, Deniz Sude; Karaot, Hasan; Yilik, Elif; Uluisik, Isilsu Ezgi
Anatomical Sciences Education, v14 n2 p232-240 Mar-Apr 2021
Museums are used in every discipline to collect, classify, and present information for scientific purposes. They also serve as an effective educational medium. Since the establishment of a boutique anatomy museum at Bahçesehir University, lectures, conferences, and seminars have been organized there over the past four years on the history of human anatomy and the human body. In order to raise awareness about the need to make anatomy accessible to kindergarteners and school-aged children, rather than exclusively to undergraduate students, activities that are suited to a wide range of ages have been developed at the museum and at the anatomy laboratory. Four different sessions were conducted, including activities such as lectures using plastic models as props, shaping organs out of playdough, anatomy puzzles, watching cartoons, and examining specimens through a microscope. Healthy and pathologic anatomies were chosen to match daily themes. Among the kindergarteners and elementary school children, no grading was done, nor was any questionnaire administered; however, a survey was administered in the 10-12 age group (N = 64). According to the students' written feedback, 93.75% said they "are happy with microscope activities" while 84.37% said they "had so much fun" participating in the playdough activities. However, 18.75% criticized the activities, saying they "could have been longer." In conclusion, it is believed that these "getting to know our bodies" activities that were hosted in the anatomy museum, including conferences, workshops, material preparation, and instructional movies, may play an important role in the development of a healthy society.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey
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