'It's not just what you do; it's the way that you do it.' Groupwork and the dental career journey

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Abstract:

Group learning, as a key aspect of Enquiry–based Learning (EBL), is central to the philosophy of the dental school where the author, a practising dentist, is a part-time EBL Facilitator. From the very outset of their training, the students enter into learning groups. This paper will consider the influence, impact and significance of their experience of working in a small groups and their implicit learning about groups and groupwork which the author perceives as arising from it. The paper will trace the development of this learning and its application and impact from the initial stage in the dental school through significant stages of dentists' careers, as they progress from being 'novice' students to becoming 'expert' professionals with responsibilities both as clinicians and, in a multidisciplinary work context, as team members and team leaders.

Keywords: CAREER DEVELOPMENT; DENTISTS; ENQUIRY-BASED LEARNING; GROUPWORK; ORGANISATIONAL LITERACY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1921/81126

Publication date: December 31, 2008

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