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Year : 1993
Tome : 144
Volume : 3
Pages : 201-227
Title : Teaching of veterinary anatomy, histology and ambryology : report and proposals from world-wide survey.
Authors : Y. LIGNEREUX
Summary : The international Committee on the Teaching of Veterinary Anatomy has made a survey about the present status, the needs and the perspectives of the teaching of the morphological sciences in the veterinary curriculum. A questionnaire (51 entries) has been sent to 125 morphologists, almost all members of the World Association of Veterinary Anatomists (W.A.V.A.), and belonging to 57 different countries. 33 answers have been registered, front 28 countries (participation 26 %, front 49 % of the countries). Under a formal diversity in the responses, a strong tendency raises, according to which general anatomy should be taught together with applications, and students' memories should not be overloaded with too many descriptive facts. Morphologists seem to intervene more often during the clinical cycle of the curriculum, but this tendency finds its limits, with its recession in North America. The material and financial means have been cut down, as evidenced by the comparison with the past situation. The following proposals are formulated : to stress principles rather than facts, to establish a syllabus of the indispensable anatomical concepts (the core of knowledge) by the Committee, to use, wherever and whenever possible, a flexible pedagogy (projects, free time for self learning, video, computer, live anatomy), to develop the participation of morphologists to coordinated/integrated optional/specialized teachings.
Keywords : survey - teaching - pedagogy - anatomy - histology - embryology - morphology - veterinary.
Correspondence : Y. LIGNEREUX
Adress : Laboratoire d'Anatomie, Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire, 23, chemin des Capelles, F-31076 Toulouse Cedex.

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