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PLoS One. 2016 May 27;11(5):e0156389. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0156389. eCollection 2016.

The Effectiveness of an Educational Game for Teaching Optometry Students Basic and Applied Science.

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Rosenberg School of Optometry, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To compare the effectiveness of an educational board game with interactive didactic instruction for teaching optometry students elements of the core optometric curriculum.

METHODS:

Forty-two optometry students were divided into two GPA-matched groups and assigned to either 12 hours of game play (game group) or 12 hours of interactive didactic instruction (lecture group). The same material from the core optometric curriculum was delivered to both groups. Game play was accomplished via an original board game. Written examinations assessed change in knowledge level. A post-intervention opinion survey assessed student attitudes.

RESULTS:

There was no significant difference in pre- or post-intervention test scores between the lecture and game groups (Pre-test: p = 0.9; Post-test: p = 0.5). Post-intervention test scores increased significantly from baseline (Game group: 29.3% gain, Didactic group: 31.5% gain; p<0.001 for each). The score increase difference between groups was not statistically significant (p = 0.6). The post-intervention attitude survey did not reveal any significant between group differences (p = 0.5).

CONCLUSIONS:

Our results indicate that an educational game and interactive didactic instruction can be equally effective in teaching optometry students basic and applied science. Furthermore, both modes of instruction have the potential to be equally engaging and enjoyable experiences.

PMID:
27233041
PMCID:
PMC4883760
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0156389
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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