Use of crossword puzzle as a teaching aid to facilitate active learning in dental materials

Saran, Runki and Kumar, Saurabh (2015) Use of crossword puzzle as a teaching aid to facilitate active learning in dental materials. Indian Journal of Applied Research, 5 (4). pp. 456-457. ISSN 2249 - 555X

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Abstract

Objectives: To use crossword puzzle as a teaching tool in dental materials and evaluate students’ perception about the same. Methodology: A suitable topic was selected from dental materials syllabus and a crossword puzzle based on that topic was created using a free internet resource. The2nd year dental students were given the crossword puzzles for solving. Group interactions for solving the crosswords were encouraged. Student perceptions of the crossword puzzle were analyzed using a pre-validated questionnaire. Results: Majority of students felt that crossword puzzle facilitated better learning and understanding of the topic and they strongly favored incorporation of the same in the dental materials curriculum. Conclusion:Use of crossword puzzle as a teaching tool in dental materials, can relieve the tedium of lecture and traditional teaching methods, providing a more relaxed and friendly classroom atmosphere. This will facilitate active learning and make the learning experience of the students more productive.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Crossword puzzle; dental materials; active learning.
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Pedodontics and preventive Dentistry
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2015 16:49
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2015 16:49
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/144459

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