Students’ Views on Difficulties in Learning Histology

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Title: Students’ Views on Difficulties in Learning Histology
Authors: García Irles, Magdalena | Victory, Noemí | Navarro Sempere, Alicia | Segovia Huertas, Yolanda
Research Group/s: Grupo de Inmunología, Biología Celular y del Desarrollo
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Biotecnología
Keywords: Histology education | Undergraduate education | Histology laboratory course | Students’ perceptions | Active learning
Knowledge Area: Biología Celular
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: Anatomical Sciences Education. 2019, 12(5): 541-549. doi:10.1002/ase.1838
Abstract: The aim of this study was to provide a better understanding of the main difficulties hindering undergraduate biology students in learning histology. The study utilized a self‐administered questionnaire which included three closed‐ended and two open‐ended questions: (1) if students had difficulty in learning about each tissue type; (2) what might be the problem in learning about the tissue at hand; (3) which topics were the most difficult; (4) what were the possible reasons that made image identification of tissue types difficult; and (5) how to improve the course curriculum from a student perspective. The survey was administered to 139 undergraduate biology students enrolled in a histology course, of which 101 surveys were completed and analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively. The topics that students experienced the most difficulties with were: nervous tissue, plant tissues, bone tissues, and glandular epithelial tissue. The main reasons students experienced difficulties with these tissue types, according to the students themselves, were the nature of the topic, grasping the terminology used, and insufficient teaching time. Students suggested the adoption of strategies such as: teaching based on practical tasks; reducing the content of the histology curriculum; adding anatomy subjects; and making histology education more interesting.
Sponsor: This research was supported by the Teaching Program Networks from the Institute of Education Sciences at University of Alicante; Analysis of the difficulties in the learning of Histology Network (4146).
ISSN: 1935-9772 (Print) | 1935-9780 (Online)
DOI: 10.1002/ase.1838
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2018 American Association of Anatomists
Peer Review: si
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