Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology

Effectiveness of problem based learning in teaching Neuro-Anatomy and perceptions of the students

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Author Details: Prakash K.G., Rajkumar K.R., Saniya K., Kumar S. Sailesh, Pradeep Vegi

Volume : 4

Issue : 1

Online ISSN : 2394-2126

Print ISSN : 2394-2118

Article First Page : 71

Article End Page : 73


Background: Problem Based Learning (PBL) is an effective tool which helps lifelong learning. PBL is different from routine lectures as it makes the students to participate actively. In PBL student has to identify the problem and understand it and has to find solution to the problem, which improves the integrating ability and thought processes of the students.
Objective: The present study aimed to assess the effectiveness of Problem Based Learning (PBL) for teaching Neuro-Anatomy and perceptions of the students.
Materials and Methods: A total of 100 first MBBS students participated in the study voluntarily. They were divided in to 10 groups randomly and one teaching staff was posted for each group. Multiple Choice questions (MCQ) test was conducted before and after PBL sessions.
Results: Significantly high scores were recorded after the PBL sessions. Most of the students preferred PBL along with the regular teaching.
Conclusion: As we have observed favorable response and acceptability from the students, we are planning to continue teaching Neuro-Anatomy using more PBL sessions. Further, we urge the Medical teachers involved in curriculum committee to consider implementation of PBL in Medical Curriculum and conducting workshops on PBL. We recommend further multi centered studies to support implementation of PBL in curriculum for the benefit of student population.

Neuro-Anatomy, Student’s Perception, PBL