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GARI, MA  and  NONKELELA, NF. Active and collaborative Anatomy learning with scenarios and videos, a new experience for first year nursing students. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2018, vol.17, n.50, pp.284-303.  Epub Apr 01, 2018. ISSN 1695-6141.

Learning Basic Sciences can be a challenge for first year nursing students. At Walter Sisulu University (South Africa), learning Anatomy is lecture-based in the first semester, but active and collaborative in the second semester. This paper investigated how students assessed their Anatomy learning environment of the second semester, as well as explored the possibility to group the variables studied. A questionnaire with 16 items was handed to all students at the end of academic years 2014-16, and 80.7% (n=168) of the total, was included in this study. Descriptive statistic of the variables was calculated and exploratory factor analysis with maximum likelihood extraction was the mean to explore the dimensionality of the scale. Participants satisfactorily assessed items related to attributes of the individual, attributes of the other members of her/his group, as well as the design of the course. Variables could be grouped into two dimensions: the first dimension being related to the cognitive strategies and skills that the individual as an agent displayed maximizing the learning opportunities afforded by the course, and, the other dimension related to the social relations and interactions that unfold among students when they learn in collaboration.

Keywords : collaborative learning; Anatomy; Bio-sciences; Nursing; higher education; South-Africa.

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