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Br Dent J. 2001 Jun 9;190(11):614-8.

Student operator-assistant pairs: an update.

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Operative Dentistry and Endodontology, University of Manchester Dental School.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To seek the opinions of undergraduates using the operator-assistant pairs system.

DESIGN:

A five-year evaluation of third-, fourth- and fifth-year students using a short, anonymous questionnaire

OUTCOME MEASURES:

This study set out to evaluate, but does not attempt to formally assess, the system.

RESULT:

Most students enjoyed working in pairs, citing mutual support and collaborative learning as being the main advantages. However, 67% of responding third- year students, 79% of fourth-year students and 54% of fifth-year students indicated that they did not know why paired working had been introduced.

CONCLUSIONS:

The majority of students found the pairs system advantageous over teacher-led situations. It encouraged greater efficiency, mutual support and help and collaborative learning.

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PMID:
11441901
DOI:
10.1038/sj.bdj.4801054
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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