Enhancing dental electives through participatory research

Rogerson, N., McKenna, K., Robinson, L., Wemyss, C. , Bagg, J. and Bovill, C. (2017) Enhancing dental electives through participatory research. Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change, 3(2),

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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.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Participatory research, enquiry-led learning, electives, international health electives, exposure prone procedures.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bovill, Dr Catherine and Rogerson, Mr Niall and Bagg, Professor Jeremy and Wemyss, Mr Callum
Authors: Rogerson, N., McKenna, K., Robinson, L., Wemyss, C., Bagg, J., and Bovill, C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Dental School
Journal Name:Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change
Journal Abbr.:JEIPC
Publisher:University of Greenwich
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change 3(2)
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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