ERIC Number: ED050255
Record Type: RIE
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An Exploratory Study to Analyze New Skill Content in Selected Occupations in Michigan and the Mechanism for its Translation into Vocational Education Curricula. Section Report on Dental Assistant.
Battelle Memorial Inst., Columbus, OH.
A survey was made of the dental departments in two hospitals, two public dental out-patient clinics, and seven private practicing dentists to identify the tasks performed by the dental assistant and evaluate the existing dental assistant curriculum in Detroit schools. Analysis of data revealed that many of the dental assistants learned their skills on the job and in many instances were used as receptionist, care taker, errand girl, or personal secretary rather than in dental activities. To the employers, performance of laboratory procedures was not considered appropriate for the assistant. The employers also rated eight assistant functions according to whether they should be taught in high school or on the job, and these ratings were used when evaluating the curriculum. Examinations of the existing curriculum resulted in recommendations for specifying program objectives, selection of students, course content, training facilities, clinical experience, and program evaluation. Survey data tables, a listing of equipment and supplies, and bibliography of reference books and films are appended. (SB)
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Sponsor: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Battelle Memorial Inst., Columbus, OH.