Computerized Anatomy Instruction
Computer-based instruction has the potential to revolutionize gross anatomy study; but how important is this innovation? Consider the problems posed by dissection, the traditional technique. When a student dissects a specimen, he reduces it from a complex entirety to its component elements, but then faces overwhelming detail. This is like trying to learn a foreign language by first absorbing a volume of poetry. Dissection also disturbs the precise relationships among the elements, and these can never be restored. Scarce anatomical specimens, therefore, are only fleetingly useful, and provide conceptually confusing lessons. Finally, student learning is restricted by limited access to the dissection laboratory, and by the pace and needs of the entire class.
KeywordsGraphic Image Floppy Disk Teaching Package Color Poster Dissection Laboratory
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