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Human Anatomy Models

Wilbur Tong, Lesley Tracy, Ruth Hamilton, Dan Witte

Dexter High School students will use anatomical models to enhance their study of human anatomy and physiology.

Human anatomy models are a great teaching and learning resource. They are commonly used by high schools and colleges for providing a better and clear insight to the students about the otherwise complex functioning of the human body. Visual and sensory learners benefit greatly from the anatomy models as they are able to touch, feel, and look closely at the model providing a detailed and comprehensive learning experience.

Educational studies have shown that "for some time that students in anatomy who use visual aids such as models or computer programs perform better on anatomy course examinations". (McNulty et al., 2010; Sugand et al., 2010). Furthermore, additional studies looking at the effectiveness of physical models in teaching anatomy, demonstrated that the use of physical models yielded significantly better results when compared to other educational methods, such as sophisticated visualization technologies, for overall knowledge outcomes, spatial knowledge acquisition, and long-retention knowledge outcome (Yammine and Vialoto, 2015). The article further stated that the physical anatomical models offer the added benefits of a low-cost alternative learning tool and the ease of use for study and accessibility.

At Dexter High School, several science classes require teaching human anatomy and physiology as part of their curriculum: Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology, IB Sports, Exercise, and Health Science, as well as AP and IB Biology. Furthermore, an Advanced Placement (AP) Anatomy class is in the process of being created and is intended to go before the school board for review. The anatomy models requested through this grant are common topics of study for these classes, specifically the musculoskeletal system.

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