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Reflective Learning in Community-Based Dental Education

By M. Sc. D. Robert, Williamson Iii, D. D. S. Brian, A. Mcmurtry, D. D. S. Linda and S. Carl


Abstract: Learners gain additional value from community-based education when they are guided through a reflective process. The purpose of this article is to describe how structured reflection assignments and methods are incorporated in the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry’s community-based DISC (Dentistry in Service to Communities) program. The following strategies are described as ways to enrich community-based learning experiences for dental students: photographic documenta-tion; written narratives; critical incident reports; and mentored post-experiential small group discussions. Fieldwork and course-related examples are drawn from community-based dental experiences to illustrate how reflective teaching approaches can enhance student learning. A directed process of reflection is suggested as a way to increase the impact of the community learnin

Year: 2014
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