ERIC Number: ED238488
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Issues in Dental Hygiene Education and Practice: Perceptions and Concerns of Dental Hygiene Program Administrators.
League for Innovation in the Community Coll., Los Angeles, CA.; Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS. Office of Institutional Research.
A survey was conducted by the League for Innovation in the Community College and Johnson County Community College to determine the state of the dental hygiene profession. The study sought the opinions of all dental hygiene program administrators in the United States and Canada regarding the principal concerns facing dental hygiene education and the perceived desirability and likelihood of possible developments in the field. Study findings, based on responses from 152 of the 215 administrators surveyed, included the following: (1) 69.8% of the respondents held an associate's degree or certificate program; (2) there was a general agreement that the most pressing educational concerns were academically less-prepared program applicants, fewer applicants, decreasing and inadequate program budgets, and decreasing demand for dental hygienists; (3) of possible developments in the field, increased job satisfaction for professionals, cooperation between hygienists and dentists, and increased representation of hygienists on state dental boards were rated as most desirable; (4) administrators who were dentists tended to be more conservative in their assessment of desirable changes in the field than their colleagues who were dental hygienists; and (5) the respondents viewed an increased emphasis on continuing education, increased representation of hygienists on dental boards, and competition between dentists and hygienists concerning dental care delivery to be most likely. The questionnaire is appended. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: League for Innovation in the Community Coll., Los Angeles, CA.; Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS. Office of Institutional Research.