Human Cholesterol Dynamics
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In subjects as varied as pilot training and and principles of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, simulation is used to provide information and experience to students prior to their attempts to fly an airplane or resuscitate a person whose heart has stopped beating. How effective is dynamic modeling in enhancing the analytical and predictive skills of students? The question may still be open. Nonetheless, it is a form of active learning that provides a novel way of thinking and learning (Dunkhase and Penick, 1991; Modell and Michael, 1993). Ideally, techniques used to promote active learning should engage students in building conceptual models that can be validated with real data and used to test hypotheses (Richmond and Peterson, 1993). The resulting feedback improves retention of information and enhances the ability to use new information in other contexts (Felder, 1993; Michael, 1993). The purpose of this chapter is to adapt dynamic models of cholesterol metabolism in humans to an educational setting.
KeywordsPlasma Cholesterol Cholesterol Synthesis Dietary Cholesterol Cholesterol Metabolism Dietary Fatty Acid
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