Enhancing dental electives through participatory research

Niall Rogerson, Kate McKenna, Louise Robinson, Callum Wemyss, Jeremy Bagg, Catherine Bovill

Abstract


Completion of an elective project at the University of Glasgow Dental School is a progression requirement that entails a period of self-directed and enquiry-led learning. This study sought to uncover students’ expectations and perspectives of their elective experience as there is a scarcity of supporting literature to determine if this activity has significant educational value. This qualitative study utilised a participatory research methodology,ensuring that students were at the centre of the enquiry process. Three student co-researchers analysed data collected from their peers, using a questionnaire and a focus group meeting. The findings support maintaining autonomous, enquiry-led, independent learning-focused electives and also highlight aspects of the elective which students particularly valued. This has allowed a deeper understanding of students’ perceptions of, and motivations for, particular elective projects, enabling the elective programme to respond to changing environments in education and global health. The outcomes of this study have informed the redesign of the dental elective study programme and the associated quality assurance process.


Keywords


participatory research; enquiry-led learning; electives; international health electives; exposure prone procedures

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21100/jeipc.v3i2.403

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