Introducing Physiology Practical Demonstration in Course Curriculum
for the First Year Nursing Students
Dr. Ravindra Maradi,
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, KMC Manipal,Manipal University, Manipal -576104, India.
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Introduction: Combination of didactic lecture, practical demonstration and performing experiments by students is followed in medicine, dentistry and bachelor of pharmaceutical sciences. The purpose of this study was to assess the attitudes of nursing students towards practical demonstration in physiology.
Material and Methods: Seventy three nursing students of the first year underwent practical demonstration of Physiology experiments. Students indicated their agreement or disagreement with the 8 items by ticking one of the five alternative responses. Mean attitude scores were calculated for each item and for the total scale.
Results: The overall mean attitude score of 3.76 was towards the favourable side. Eighty seven percent of students agreed that practical demonstration reinforces concepts. Eighty nine percent of students found practical demonstration is a good form of learning experience.
Conclusion: The introduction of practical demonstration in addition to didactic lectures may help the students in understanding concepts in Physiology.