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(The FASEB Journal.2014;28:531.14)

What visual representations of homeostasis do faculty use?

Ann Wright1, Joel Michael5, Jenny McFarland2, Harold Modell4, William Cliff3 and Mary Pat Wenderoth6
1Canisius College Buffalo NY United States
2Biology Edmonds Community College Lynnwood WA United States
3Biology Niagara University Lewiston NY United States
4Physiology Educational Research Consortium Seattle WA United States
5Molecular Biophysics & Physiology Rush Medical College Chicago IL United States
6Biology University of Washington Seattle WA United States

Physiology faculty have identified homeostasis as one of the core concepts their students must understand and apply. Visual representations of physiological processes are important for teaching and learning in physiology. What visual representations of homeostasis do faculty employ to help students understand this core concept? 40 Anatomy & Physiology faculty were asked to draw the representation of homeostasis that they use with their students. They were also asked to describe what might be missing from their drawing and to describe possible misconceptions that could arise. Analysis of the results obtained suggests that physiology instructors and textbook authors sometimes convey inaccurate and incomplete models of homeostasis. Supported by NSF DUE-1043443.

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