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Med Teach. 2004 Sep;26(6):521-4.

Learning from panel boards: T-lymphocyte and B-lymphocyte self-tolerance game.

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Department of Microbiology, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Rua Vasco da Gama 176/604, Porto Alegre--RS, Brazil, CEP 90420-111.

Abstract

Immunology is a vast, complex and challenging subject. To facilitate students' understanding, the authors have created a T-lymphocyte and B-lymphocyte self-tolerance game. The T-lymphocyte self-tolerance game consisted of 24 cardboard pieces with illustrations and statements about self-tolerance mechanisms and one large panel board. The B-lymphocyte panel board consisted of 11 cardboard pieces with illustrations and statements about self-tolerance mechanisms, and two large panels. Students had to associate mechanisms of self-tolerance with the corresponding cardboard pieces. In total, 120 students attended the session. Of these, 95.8% considered that the panel board facilitated their understanding; 95% affirmed they understood how T- and B-lymphocyte self-tolerance worked. Students' grades improved significantly. The good results obtained show the value of using a panel board when approaching a subject that is vast and complex.

PMID:
15763829
DOI:
10.1080/01421590412331285414
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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