J Dent Hyg Sci.  2017 Oct;17(5):383-397. 10.17135/jdhs.2017.17.5.383.

The Development of Problem-Based Learning Module for Clinical Dentistry in Dental Hygiene

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  • 1Department of Dental Hygiene, College of Dentistry, Gangneung-Wonju National University, Gangneung 25457, Korea. edelweiss@gwnu.ac.kr
  • 2Research Institute of Oral Science, Gangneung-Wonju National University, Gangneung 25457, Korea.

Abstract

We attempted to develop a problem-based learning (PBL) module for integrated education in dental hygiene with the aim of helping students gain clinical competencies necessary for dental hygienist work. To develop the PBL Module for Clinical Dentistry in Dental Hygiene course, the researchers identified literature related to not only educational technology, but also medical science, nursing, dentistry, and dental hygiene. During the design phase of the PBL module, problem scenarios and a plan for the teaching and learning process were developed. Developing problem scenarios involved describing a problematic situation and three questions related with that situation. To cultivate competencies required in dental clinics, each question was related to the diagnosis of a dental disease, dental treatment, and dental hygiene procedures for care. Teaching-learning process plan included the designs of operating environment, operational strategies, learning resources, facilitation of problem-solving process, and evaluation. It is necessary to evaluate the PBL module for integrated education in dental hygiene to confirm its effectiveness.

Keyword

Clinical dentistry; Education; Problem-based learning
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