ERIC Number: ED089677
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
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Computer Aided Instruction and Problem Solving in the Teaching of Oral Diagnosis.
Spencer, Judson; Gobetti, John P.
A computer-assisted instructional (CAI) program is being used at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry to aid in the teaching of oral diagnosis to dental students. The program is designed to simulate a real life situation--i.e., the diagnosis of patient illness-which would not be otherwise available to the student and to demonstrate to the dental student the need for correlating a thorough case history with a clinical examination and laboratory tests. The computer program is branching and non-linear, with a small specialized dictionary. It provides the student with a series of 15 case histories and a list of laboratory studies from which to choose. For each case, the student receives and verifies the results of the tests he specifies and then makes a diagnosis. Field test results show that the program meets student needs, saves them time, and that they prefer the CAI mode. At the suggestion of the students, plans are being made to expand the program to include a greater number and variety of cases and to offer more difficult challenges. (Author/LB)
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Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD. Bureau of Health Manpower Education.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. School of Dentistry.