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INTERNATIONAL DENTAL JOURNAL OF STUDENTS RESEARCH - VOLUME 4 ISSUE 2, June 2016

Pages: 66-70

NEAR-PEER FACILITATED LEARNING IN A DENTAL SCHOOL: A STUDENT REFLECTION

Author: Gregory D. Luk1, Mary H. Glasheen2, Ryan L. Quock3

Category: Original Research

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the value of initial student near-peer directed study sessions for a dental school biomedical science core course.

Methods: A standardized pre-post questionnaire was administered prior to and immediately after the designated block of study sessions to collect subjective, experiential participant response to near-peer study sessions. Comparison analysis of participants’ final grades in the course selected for coverage in near-peer study sessions was retrospectively performed.

Results: 17% of first year dental students voluntarily participated in the near-peer study sessions. Frequency of participation in the study sessions seemed inversely related to student confidence levels and grade achievement in the biomedical science core course.

Conclusions: Near-peer led study sessions in a dental school are valuable to students who enter dental school with low confidence in their pre-dental educational preparation. Survey instruments that gauge student confidence levels at baseline may be predictive of student need for near-peer or other additional learning opportunities.

Keywords: Basic sciences; Critical thinking; Dental school; Near-peer

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