Assessment Of Learning Preferences Among Indian Undergraduate Dental Students

Ahmed, Junaid and *, Almas Binnal and *, Ceena Denny E and Shenoy, Nandita and *, Srikant N (2015) Assessment Of Learning Preferences Among Indian Undergraduate Dental Students. World Journal of Dentistry, 6 (3). pp. 169-173. ISSN World J Dent

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Objectives: In order to facilitate and optimize learning process, there is need to evaluate preferred choice of teaching methods among dental students, especially in Indian scenario wherein lecturing remains the most commonly employed method of teaching. The aim of the present study was to assess and compare learning approaches among the male and female undergraduate dental students. Methods: The study was conducted among undergraduate dental students of Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal University, Mangalore. Students belonging to the first four years of their professional dental education program were enrolled in the study. A structured, self-administered questionnaire comprising of 9 multiple choice questions apart from the demographic details was employed to assess the dental student’s preferences towards learning. Results: A total of 100 dental students participated in the study. Majority of the respondents preferred lecture classes in the morning hours for 30 minutes. Audiovisual method was the most preferred teaching aid whereas multiple choice questions and periodic tests were most preferred method for evaluation. Significant difference was observed between male and female study subjects in terms of average percentage of the lecture content they were able to understand (p<0.035). Conclusions: The present study holds policy implications for changes in the teaching patterns practiced in current times. Differences among learning preferences of males and females must be considered while selecting teaching methods. There is need to introduce more of active learning programs in order to overcome the drawback of lack of interaction and also to facilitate the learning among all students.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dental students; Learning preferences; Teaching
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Mangalore > Oral Medicine and Radiology
Dentistry > MCODS Mangalore > Oral Pathology
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2015 11:59
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2015 11:59

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