ERIC Number: ED054760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Apr
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The Professionalization of Dental Students: The Application of Socio-Anthropological Methodology.
Platt, Larry A.; Bailey, Wilfrid C.
This paper discusses the advantages of using both qualitative and quantitative methodological procedures in investigating attitudinal and perception changes in the population studied. This project is part of a 4-year longitudinal study involving 24 dental students and 29 faculty members of a new southern dental school. The paper reviews some of the literature on this socioanthropological approach; outlines the procedures used for this study, which included questionnaires, interviews, document analysis, field observation, and field diaries -- primarily qualitative methods of inquiry; and some of the limitations of this approach. The methodology was used to ascertain changes in student perception of the role of the dentist and to study the motives of students for entering the field of dentistry. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology.