Calibration Of Clinical Dental Hygiene Faculty
Authors: Gibson-Howell, Joan; Bauchmoyer, Susan; McClure, Beverly
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene, Number 5 Fall 1st October 2008 , pp. 46-46(1)
Publisher: American Dental Hygienists' Association
Abstract:The purpose of the study was to evaluate the outcome of a faculty workshop and to determine if faculty calibration has been enhanced. Calibration of faculty in the clinical setting is crucial to effective teaching and learning.
The Ohio State University Dental Hygiene Program conducted a clinical calibration session in December 2006. Three clinic scenarios faculty may encounter were developed for discussion. Turning Point technology was utilized to present the clinical situations. Throughout the discussions, it was evident that there were varied opinions on how to address each situation. Since part-time faculty are responsible for clinical teaching and do not always attend faculty meetings, we decided to record copious notes and distribute faculty meeting minutes to all faculty in a timely manner via e-mail. In addition, clinical directors meet with each dental hygiene class once a week in "clinical rounds". The information discussed at these events would also be emailed to all faculty in a timely manner by the clinical directors.
In August 2007, a 10 question, 4 point Likert scale survey was developed to assess faculties' beliefs on the value of the exercises and the communication modality implemented (1 = strongly disagree, 2 = disagree, 3 = agree, 4 = strongly agree). Seventeen out of a possible 19 faculty responded to the anonymous electronic survey with a response rate of eighty-nine percent.
The results reveal that the majority of the faculty believe the information contained in faculty minutes help clinical calibration (52.9% agree; 29.4% strongly agree; mean = 3.12). The majority also reviewed the minutes circulated in a timely manner (58.8% strongly agree; 35.3% agree; mean = 3.53). Similarly, the faculty feel calibration exercises during faculty meetings would improve their clinical teaching (47.1% strongly agree; 52.9% agree; mean = 3.47), yet forty-seven point seven percent disagree (mean = 2.71) that monthly faculty meetings are sufficient to insure adequate calibration and communication among clinical faculty. Results of this survey suggest that faculty find value in clinical calibration exercises and believe that current practices could be improved.
Document Type: Abstract
Affiliations: The Ohio State University College of Dentistry Dental Hygiene
Publication date: Fall 2008
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