ERIC Number: ED352472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Dental Training Guide. An Evaluation.
Black, Harry; And Others
An evaluation was conducted of the effectiveness of a Scottish training guide for vocational dentistry, which outlined a year's curriculum and was intended to structure the apprentice-like training experience. Methods included semistructured interviews with four developers, interviews with eight trainers and four trainees, and a survey of 63 trainers and 63 trainees (40 and 37 responses respectively). The study found that the guide was perceived as attractive and "user-friendly" by both trainees and trainers. However, it was perceived as peripheral to the training (despite the fact that it covered the content of the training year well). Recommendations included the following: (1) trainers should have access to the guide well in advance of receiving their trainees and also should receive instruction on the problems of establishing a structure for the training year that offers the guide and task-based learning as a solution; (2) trainees should receive instruction that builds their expectations about the guide in relation to the basic competencies covered rather than the curriculum structure the guide offers; and (3) help should be given trainers to develop a series of tutorials that capitalize on the strengths of the guide. (The appendix contains the data and a copy of the questionnaire.) (CML)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Apprenticeships, Competency Based Education, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Guides, Dental Schools, Dentists, Foreign Countries, Instructional Material Evaluation, Internship Programs, Job Training, Postsecondary Education, Professional Education
Scottish Council for Research in Education, 15 St. John Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 8JR, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)