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February Journal of Dental Education Previews

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New Instrument to Assess EBD Training
Mr. Hendricson et al. report on the validation of an assessment instrument designed to measure the outcomes of training in evidence-based dentistry (EBD), based on the responses of second-year dental students, residents, and dental faculty members. This instrument goes beyond the usual limited focus in EBD assessment on comprehension of concepts to assess the effects of training in four areas: knowledge, attitudes, information accessing, and confidence.

Matrix for Overview of Student Learning
Dean Johnsen et al. present in their article a learner-oriented matrix they developed for their dental school. With educational outcomes on one axis and methodologies on the other, the matrix provides an overview of the process by which students are educated and a unique lens through which faculty members and administrators can view and discuss their institution's learning environment.

Faculty Development Across a Health Science Center
In preparation for a campus-wide faculty development effort, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center surveyed faculty members to identify development activities that would be of interest to them. In this article, Dr. Scarbecz et al. provide an overview and analysis of the results, including differences by academic rank and among the various colleges, and the conclusions reached by the researchers.

Teaching Self-Assessment to Dental Hygiene Students
Prof. Jackson and Prof. Murff report on an educational module they designed to teach self-assessment skills to dental hygiene students and their analysis of its effectiveness. The results include increases in the students' critical thinking and ethical reasoning skills and their belief that self-assessment enhances their performance with patients.

A Dental Hygiene Collaborative Learning Environment
In their study, Prof. Saylor et al. evaluated the impact of collaborative learning on the development of social interaction, task management, and trust among dental hygiene students. These researchers found that the collaborative learning environment had a positive impact on the students, but a comparison with other undergraduate students indicated that dental hygiene students already possess somewhat higher levels of these traits than is typical.

Abstracts for 2011 ADEA Annual Session
This issue also includes the abstracts for the poster and TechExpo presentations that will be presented at the 2011 ADEA Annual Session in March in San Diego.

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