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Assessing visual memory in slow learners by teaching with computer animated models

Authors:Sugapriya G, Ramachandran C
Int J Biol Med Res. 2011; 2(4): 946 – 949  |  PDF File

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: It was reported that using models along with verbal instructions while teaching make all sensory organs involved and enhance the power of understanding and learning process. In this study we evaluated the visual memory in slow learners by teaching with computer animated models and assessed their improvement in academics by conducting summative examinations. METHODS: We analysed 60 first year MBBS students, 30 students who scored less than 40% consistently in formative examinations and failed in summative examinations, with an attendance of more than 60% were in the experimental group and 30 students who scored less than 40% consistently in formative examinations and failed in summative examinations but had a regular attendance were in the control group. After ethical clearance and consent from the participating students, we conducted small group tutorials for the control group and sessions using computer animated models for the experimental group in the first week. We exposed both the groups to lectures for 5-7 weeks. After 8-10 weeks, we conducted written exams in the form of multiple choice questions for both the groups and analyzed their results statistically using student‘t’ test. RESULTS: There was a significant improvement in academic performance in slow learners in the experimental group than those in the control group. CONCLUSION: This present study suggests that teaching the slow learners with computer animated models is an excellent strategy of teaching compared to verbal instructions which improved their learning process and academic performance.