Promoting metacognition in first year anatomy laboratories using plasticine modeling and drawing activities: A pilot study of the “Blank Page” technique

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Title Promoting metacognition in first year anatomy laboratories using plasticine modeling and drawing activities: A pilot study of the “Blank Page” technique
Author Naug, Helen Louise; Colson, Natalie Jane; Donner, Dan Giordano
Journal Name Anatomical Sciences Education
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Abstract Many first year students of anatomy and physiology courses demonstrate an inability to self-regulate their learning. To help students increase their awareness of their own learning in a first year undergraduate anatomy course, we piloted an exercise that incorporated the processes of (1) active learning: drawing and plasticine modeling and (2) metacognition: planning, monitoring, reaction, and reflection. The activity was termed “blank page” because all learning cues were removed and students had to create models and diagrams from reflection and recall. Two hundred and eighty-two students responded to a questionnaire reporting qualitative feedback on the exercise. Based on student responses, the “blank page” activity was a positive learning experience and confirmed a need to teach metacognitive skills. From this pilot study, we established that drawing or plasticine modeling is an excellent vehicle for demonstration of the metacognitive processes that enable self-regulation: a known predictor of academic success. Anat Sci Educ. © 2011 American Association of Anatomists.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ase.228
Volume 4
Issue Number 4
Page from 231
Page to 234
ISSN 1935-9780
Date Accessioned 2011-10-03
Date Available 2012-02-10T02:31:08Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Health Institute
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Specialist Studies in Education
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/41685
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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