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Keywords:

  • anatomy;
  • education;
  • teaching;
  • active learning;
  • brainstorming;
  • nursing curriculum;
  • medical curriculum

Abstract

Interactive teaching techniques have been used mainly in clinical teaching, with little attention given to their use in basic science teaching. With the aim of partially filling this gap, this study outlines an interactive approach to teaching anatomy based on the use of “brainstorming.” The results of the students' critique of the teaching techniques are also included. Seventy-five students from the first-year nursing curriculum were tested by a structured questionnaire after three brainstorming sessions. The overall response to these sessions was very positive, indicating that students perceived this interactive technique as both interesting and useful. Furthermore, this approach may provide a useful strategy when learning the clinical courses of the upcoming academic years. Anat Rec (New Anat) 269:214–216, 2002. © 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc.