Service-Learning and Dental Hygiene: A Literature Review
Authors: Lautar, CJ; Miller, FY
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene, 1 July 2007, vol. 81, no. 3, pp. 64-64(1)
Abstract:Dental hygienists should be aware of the concept of service-learning and how it can enhance dental hygiene education. A look at national documents and other relevant historical literature will be reviewed, in addition to more recent books and articles to define service-learning. Although perceived as a new teaching strategy, service-learning has its roots in experiential education. Several definitions of service-learning have emerged, which take into consideration the reciprocal needs of the student and community, bridging academic theory with community service, and instilling civic responsibility through a reflective component. Considering the advantages and disadvantages, service-learning seems to be a good methodology for dental hygiene education. Recommendations include the expansion of the ADA Accreditation Standards to include service-learning, and incorporation of an operational definition of community-based oral health programs, as well as the term service-learning in its Definition of Terms.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: School of Allied Health, College of Applied Sciences and Arts, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
Publication date: July 1, 2007