Teaching Innovation Projects


Anatomy and Cell Biology


The study of anatomy requires abstract thinking and strong spatial reasoning. Traditional pedagogical approaches to teaching anatomy take advantage of the didactic lecture setting in which students are taught to memorize concepts and learn from two-dimensional pictures. Students are required to mentally formulate three-dimensional relationships based on what they see in two-dimensional pictures. This is a task that can be very difficult for many students. There is consistent evidence in the literature that states that students with low spatial abilities typically do not perform as well in an anatomy class as students with higher spatial abilities. This seminar will discuss the spatial abilities of students and how it relates to student performance in human anatomy classes. It will also explore teaching modalities that will allow for effective student learning among students of varying levels of spatial ability as well as make some suggestions for ways to increase a person’s spatial ability. Information garnered from this workshop will help future educators in planning and executing their anatomy courses.

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