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Effect of an educational game on university students' learning about action potentials

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Author(s):
Gaviao Luchi, Kelly Cristina ; Montrezor, Luis Henrique ; Marcondes, Fernanda K.
Total Authors: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: ADVANCES IN PHYSIOLOGY EDUCATION; v. 41, n. 2, p. 222-230, JUN 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 9
Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of an educational game that is used for teaching the mechanisms of the action potentials in cell membranes. The game was composed of pieces representing the intracellular and extracellular environments, ions, ion channels, and the Na+-K+-ATPase pump. During the game activity, the students arranged the pieces to demonstrate how the ions move through the membrane in a resting state and during an action potential, linking the ion movement with a graph of the action potential. To test the effect of the game activity on student understanding, first-year dental students were given the game to play at different times in a series of classes teaching resting membrane potential and action potentials. In all experiments, students who played the game performed better in assessments. According to 98% of the students, the game supported the learning process. The data confirm the students' perception, indicating that the educational game improved their understanding about action potentials. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 11/50419-2 - Oral health and behavior: interdisciplinary perspectives and emotional aspects in the health-disease process
Grantee:Antonio Bento Alves de Moraes
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants