How do we make our students remember what we teach?
biosciences, nursing students, knowledge retention
Biosciences like human anatomy and physiology are a cornerstone of any health related profession. These courses serve as a pre-requisite for future nursing courses and clinical. A strong knowledge base of these subjects is crucial for medical, allied health, and nursing students to become successful practitioners after graduation. However, a growing concern is that students are not retaining the essential bioscience knowledge from these courses over time. Numerous studies have demonstrated the difficulty students retain and apply the knowledge of these courses as they progress through their programs of study. Nursing programs worldwide are impacted by reduced face-to-face instructional hours, increased student enrollment, student demographics, fewer dedicated faculty members, minimal or no use of cadaveric dissection, and requirements to move anatomy and physiology classes and labs online due to pandemics such as COVID-19. These factors have impacted the teaching and learning of biosciences. In this interactive keynote presentation, an author will describe a study that evaluated how much anatomical and physiological knowledge nursing students retained throughout the duration of their four-year program. Comparisons and trends by body system and over time will be presented to clearly understand the gaps of knowledge retention between classroom to future nursing courses and clinical. Based on the assessment, he will discuss how interventional strategies were implemented to address those gaps. Attendees will then be encouraged to identify what concepts are essential to their own courses and to outline a project to evaluate whether those concepts are retained over time and what type of learning strategies could impact that retention.
Presented July 12-14, 2023 at the International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals for Environmental Conservation (ICSDGEC-2023) held at Raj Rishi Government College in Alwar, Rajasthan, India.
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