Undergraduates' understanding of cardiovascular phenomena.

Abstract:

:Undergraduates students in 12 courses at 8 different institutions were surveyed to determine the prevalence of 13 different misconceptions (conceptual difficulties) about cardiovascular function. The prevalence of these misconceptions ranged from 20 to 81% and, for each misconception, was consistent across the different student populations. We also obtained explanations for the students' answers either as free responses or with follow-up multiple-choice questions. These results suggest that students have a number of underlying conceptual difficulties about cardiovascular phenomena. One possible source of some misconceptions is the students' inability to apply simple general models to specific cardiovascular phenomena. Some implications of these results for teachers of physiology are discussed.

journal_name

Adv Physiol Educ

authors

Michael JA,Wenderoth MP,Modell HI,Cliff W,Horwitz B,McHale P,Richardson D,Silverthorn D,Williams S,Whitescarver S

doi

10.1152/advan.00002.2002

keywords:

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2002-12-01 00:00:00

pages

72-84

issue

1-4

eissn

1043-4046

issn

1522-1229

journal_volume

26

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