Gastrointestinal jabberwocky to bioengineering design: using function diagrams to teach physiology

Thad E. Wilson, Kim E. Barrett

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Function diagrams put the focus on physiology and physiological concepts rather than the associated anatomy. Function diagrams could potentially serve as an elaboration tool and memory aid (mnemonic) to improve learning and recall. The function diagram prototype of the gastrointestinal system can aid in the instruction of difficult gastrointestinal physiology topics using a sequential focus on fundamental gastrointestinal functions. function diagrams; gastrointestinal system; physiology education

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-268
Number of pages5
JournalAdvances in Physiology Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank Drs. Kristen Metzler-Wilson and Brian Jackson for constructive comments regarding the manuscript and for the student feedback that has and continues to improve these types of teaching and learning tools.

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© 2021. the American Physiological Society. All Rights Reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology


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