Improving the quality of clinical teaching in a restorative clinic using student feedback.

Youngson, Callum, Fox, Kathryn, Boyle, Edward ORCID: 0000-0001-6583-3650, Blundell, Katherine and Baker, Robert
(2008) Improving the quality of clinical teaching in a restorative clinic using student feedback. European journal of dental education : official journal of the Association for Dental Education in Europe, 12 (2). pp. 75-79.

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<h4>Introduction</h4>A large proportion of the undergraduate curriculum is spent within Restorative Dentistry at the University of Liverpool. As well as supportive "phantom head" courses the undergraduates receive significant amounts of teaching within the clinics themselves. In 2004, to help inform the clinical tutors as to their areas of strengths and weaknesses, undergraduates were invited to complete an anonymous questionnaire on the quality of teaching they received from their clinical supervisors. This process has been repeated subsequently in 2005 and 2006.<h4>Method</h4>A 19 parameter questionnaire, employing a 5-point Likert scale and space for open comments, was circulated to every clinical undergraduate student. Questionnaires were returned anonymously and all data collected by one researcher. Descriptive statistical analysis was performed and the staff provided with individual feedback within the context of the overall departmental profile. The pooled data from each of the years was then compared to determine if any changes had occurred. Statistical analysis used Kruskal Wallis tests to determine whether these were statistically significant.<h4>Results</h4>Although the range varied, median scores of 4 (agree) were gained for each question each year. Following statistical analysis 18 of the parameters showed a statistically significant improvement (P < 0.05) between 2004 and 2006 with only one remaining constant throughout.<h4>Conclusion</h4>It would appear that the use of a questionnaire based feedback system can result in a tangible and demonstrable improvement in the delivery of clinical teaching.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Issue online: 10 Apr 2008. Print Issue: May 2008. Citation: Callum Youngson, Kathryn Fox, Edward Boyle, Katherine Blundell, Robert Baker TI: Improving the quality of clinical teaching in a restorative clinic using student feedback SO: European Journal of Dental Education VL: 12 NO: 2 PG: 75-79 YR: 2008 CP: © 2008 The Authors ON: 1600-0579 PN: 1396-5883 AD: Liverpool University School of Dental Sciences, Liverpool,; Leeds Dental Institute, Leeds, UK DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0579.2007.00486.x US:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans, Dentistry, Operative, Education, Dental, Faculty, Dental, Students, Dental, Teaching, Feedback, Dental Clinics, Female, Male, Surveys and Questionnaires
Subjects: ?? RK ??
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Life Courses and Medical Sciences > School of Dentistry
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2008 11:43
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2023 00:59
DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0579.2007.00486.x
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