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Res Dev Med Educ. 2019;8(1):58-60.
doi: 10.15171/rdme.2019.010
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Drawing skills in anatomy education and the millennial learner: A cognitive and metacognitive viewpoint

Dinesh Kumar 1 * ORCiD, Ramakrishnan Rajprasath 2

1 Department of Anatomy, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, India
2 Department of Anatomy, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, India


Drawing can be a useful tool to elicit student thinking and is a widely-used method for communicating scientific ideas. The task of drawing requires students to identify and recall necessary pieces of information they assimilated over a period of time and construct a mental model. However, millennial generation learners, owing to their immersion in 3D technologies, lack interest in practicing and learning from diagrams. This impairs learning and retention of visually-oriented subjects. In this perspective, we reflect on the cognitive and metacognitive processes associated with drawing to emphasize the important role of drawing in present day anatomy education.
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Submitted: 19 Dec 2018
Accepted: 29 Jan 2019
First published online: 30 Jun 2019
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