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Engaging Large and Diverse Cohorts of Bioscience Students in Lectures using Kinaesthetic Active Learning

Dickson, Kerry and Stephens, BW (2014) Engaging Large and Diverse Cohorts of Bioscience Students in Lectures using Kinaesthetic Active Learning. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 22 (3). 52 - 61. ISSN 2200-4270

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Abstract

The popularity of flipped teaching, where interactive class-time is combined with online material, is increasing in biomedical education. The challenge for lecturers, particularly with the massification of higher education, is to deliver interaction which is highly motivational and engaging. The aim of this case study was to measure the satisfaction of large and diverse bioscience cohorts with lecturing which used kinaesthetic participation in musculoskeletal lectures. The participation included using the bodies of the lecturer and the students, en masse synchronous demonstrations, kinaesthetic mnemonics, student games and anatomical models. Demographic data showed that a high percentage of the students were disadvantaged (e.g., poor-performing, non-English home language, first in family to attend university, low socio-economic status). Students keenly engaged in the activities. The percentages of students who agreed or strongly agreed that communication was effective, that the environment was easy to learn from and that they were satisfied with the teaching were 97.9%, 98.4% and 99.2%, respectively (n=384). Of the 67.2% of students who volunteered comments, 98.1% gave positive responses, with 45.1% of these specifically mentioning the word 'interactive' or its synonyms. These findings offer an example of interactive lecturing that could be used in a flipped classroom, particularly for large and diverse cohorts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Active learning; Bioscience; Engagement; Kinaesthetic; Mnemonics; Nursing
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Health and Biomedicine
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2016 00:20
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2016 05:21
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/30261
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Citations in Scopus: 3 - View on Scopus

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