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Teaching and assessment of professional attitudes in UK dental schools - commentary

Field, J. ORCID:, Ellis, J., Abbas, C. and Germain, P. 2010. Teaching and assessment of professional attitudes in UK dental schools - commentary. European Journal of Dental Education 14 (3) , pp. 133-135. 10.1111/j.1600-0579.2009.00601.x

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The General Dental Council expects professionalism to be embedded and assessed through‐out the undergraduate dental programme. Curricula need therefore to accommodate these recommendations. A stroll poll of UK dental schools provided a basis for understanding the current methods of teaching and assessing professionalism. All respondent schools recognised the importance of professionalism and reported that this was taught and assessed within their curriculum. For most the methods involved were largely traditional, relying on lectures and seminars taught throughout the course. The most common form of assessment was by grading and providing formative feedback after a clinical encounter. Whilst clinical skills and knowledge can perhaps be readily taught and assessed using traditional methods, those involved in education are challenged to identify and implement effective methods of not only teaching, but also assessing professionalism. A variety of standalone methods need to be developed that assess professionalism and this will, in turn, allow the effectiveness of teaching methods to be assessed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1396-5883
Date of Acceptance: 1 September 2009
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 10:34

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