Document Type : Original Article
M.Sc. of Medical Education, Department of Medical Education, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Ph.D. in Histology, Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran
Specialist in Infectious Diseases, Associate Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran
Background & Objective: Concept mapping is an active creative and objective practice which improves the advanced learning process and students required skills The aim of this study was the evaluation of concept mapping method in learning histology lessons from the point of view of midwifery students Methods: The present research was a descriptive crosssectional study The target population consisted of all firstsemester midwifery students of Qazvin University of Medical Sciences Iran in 2015 After concept mapping education the students were asked to make a concept map of the lessons of the same week and to hand it in the following session At the end of the semester students views regarding the effect of concept mapping on learning were collected by completing the researchermade questionnaire The collected data were analyzed in SPSS software Frequency distribution was presented in the form of frequency tables Onesample ttest was used to compare the mean score of each question with its mean and 3 (the value of the mean) Results: In this study 689% of students confirmed the usefulness of concept mapping during the semester Among the students 69% believed other methods to be more effective However 586% of students found it effective in memorizing histological terms and 655% emphasized that concept mapping helped them better understand histology lessons Independent ttest results showed a significant difference between the mean score of each question and 3 This revealed that mapping was useful in better understanding (P = 0003) maintaining terminology (P = 0004) and answering questions (P = 0001) In general the majority of students approved the use of concept mapping as an effective learning method during the term (P < 0001) Conclusion: This study showed that concept maps are acceptable among students as a means of learning new information Therefore in order to facilitate learning for students the application of different training strategies like concept mapping is suggested in basic medical sciences educations
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