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Eur J Dent Educ. 1997 Aug;1(3):138-42.

A study to determine if changes to an undergraduate orthodontic course improved course quality and student satisfaction.

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Department of Child Dental Health, Leeds University, UK.


A study was carried out to determine if changes to the undergraduate orthodontic course at Leeds Dental Institute resulted in increased student satisfaction. The study was based on a questionnaire distributed to dental students comprising statements related to the undergraduate orthodontic course. Questionnaires were distributed in 1993 and 1995 to 2 groups of 4th year undergraduate dental students at the same stage of their course on both occasions. Questions were in the form of 16 statements with which students expressed a level of agreement, ranging from strongly agree to strongly disagree. The numbers of responses at each level of agreement were compared between the 2 groups. Statistical differences were determined using a Mann Whitney-U test. 8 of the 16 statements had more favourable responses in 1995 than in 1993. No statement received a less favourable response in 1995 than in 1993. It is concluded that changes in the undergraduate orthodontic course at Leeds Dental Institute aimed at increased problem-based learning and clinician-led tutorials, have resulted in improved student satisfaction with the teaching.

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