ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 100-104

Computer-Assisted Learning vs. Small Group Tutorials in Periodontal Charting: A Randomized Controlled Trial in a Malaysian Dental School


1 Department of Periodontology, Faculty of Dentistry, MAHSA University, Bandar Saujana Putra, Selangor, Malaysia
2 Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, MAHSA University, Bandar Saujana Putra, Selangor, Malaysia
3 Faculty of Dentistry, MAHSA University, Bandar Saujana Putra, Selangor, Malaysia
4 Department of Oral Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, MAHSA University, Bandar Saujana Putra, Selangor, Malaysia

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M. Alexander
Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, MAHSA University, Bandar Saujana Putra, Selangor
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DOI: 10.4103/jofs.jofs_115_19

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Introduction: Dental education, like most fields of healthcare education, embraces all three domains of learning − cognitive, psychomotor and affective. The aim of this study was to determine whether computer-assisted learning (CAL) can replace face-to-face teaching with reference to acquiring theoretical as well as practical skills in periodontal charting in dentistry. Material and Methods: A total of 70 year 4 dental students were randomly assigned to CAL and Small Group Tutorial (SGT) groups. Following the sessions, they underwent theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills evaluation tests. Pre- and post-tests Confidence Log Questionnaires (CLQ) were completed by the students. Results: CAL and SGT were equally effective from the theoretical knowledge aspect. SGT group did better in some aspects of practical skills acquisition. Conclusion: There was no statistical difference in the theoretical knowledge acquired by the different methods, whereas small group teaching was more effective in gaining certain psychomotor skills in periodontal charting, leading us to conclude that face-to-face teaching seems to be having an upper hand when it comes to teaching periodontal charting.


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