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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 179-185

An assessment of teaching and learning practices: A questionnaire study for dental educators of Karnataka


1 Department of Prosthodontics, J.S.S. Dental College and Hospital, Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara University, Mysuru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, J.S.S. Dental College and Hospital, Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara University, Mysuru, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Oral Pathology, J.S.S. Dental College and Hospital, Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara University, Mysuru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
S Meenakshi
Department of Prosthodontics, J.S.S.Dental College and Hospital, A Constituent of Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara University, Mysore - 570 015, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jispcd.JISPCD_407_16

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Aims and Objectives: Faculty members of dental institutions are being asked to assume new academic duties for which they have received no formal training. To succeed in new teaching tasks, faculty development through assessment of teaching skills is essential. Materials and Methods: A Self-Assessment Questionnaire consisting 18 closed-ended questions was sent to various faculty members of dental colleges of Karnataka. A total of 210 faculty members volunteered to participate in the study. The response rate was 69.8%. Data gathered were statistically analyzed using SPSS software version 16, Chi-square test, and descriptive statistics. Results: In the present study, 27.3% of participants were unaware of andragogy, 33.3% were unaware of teachers development programs, 44.6% do not obtain student feedback after teaching, 52.6% were unaware of peer review of teaching skills, and 50% were unaware of interprofessional education initiatives. Conclusion: By incorporating teaching and learning skills, dental faculty could acquire competencies and academic credentials to become valuable contributors to the institution. This study emphasizes the areas of improvement in dental school learning environment, based on activation of prior knowledge, elaboration of new learning, learning in context, transfer of learning, and organization of knowledge toward learning.


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