Problem-based learning in Gross Anatomy: Assessment Outcomes and Student Perceptions

Chunhua Chen, Weiguang Zhang, Lihua Qin, Haimeng Cui, Dandan Linghu, Youfei Guan, Xian Wang, Changman Zhou


This study aimed to study whether the problem-based learning (PBL) as an educational strategy can be of great help in improving the quality of gross anatomy and the attitude of students towards the learning method in China. It was performed in Basic Science of Peking University Health Science Center. The study sample included 200 students and they were assigned to 20 groups. Data collection was done by a questionnaire survey and interview to examine the students’ learning attitudes and perceptions toward this platform as a possible learning tool. Data obtained were compared and the main themes were determined. At the end of data analyses, we gave feedback and evaluation. We found out the satisfaction of students with this learning method and the students’ interest and ability improvement after this teaching method. Also, we showed the problems and largest obstacle that the students face in this learning mode and their expectant evaluation method. The study clearly pointed out that the PBL benefits a lot for the students in the study of gross anatomy despite of the existing problems. In the future, we should implement PBL combined with the characteristics of traditional anatomy teaching in China.

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