Outcomes assessment of dental hygiene clinical teaching workshops

Juanita S. Wallace, Taline D. Infante

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Faculty development courses related to acquiring clinical teaching skills in the health professions are limited. Consequently, the Department of Dental Hygiene at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio conducted a series of clinical teaching workshops to address clinical teaching methodology. The goal of these workshops was to promote a problemsolving learning atmosphere for dental hygiene faculty to acquire and share sound clinical teaching strategies. To determine the value of the annual workshops on clinical teaching and evaluation, a web-based qualitative program assessment was developed using software by Survey Tracker. Four open-ended questions were designed to elicit perceptions regarding what significant changes in teaching strategies were achieved, what barriers or challenges were encountered in making these changes, and what strategies were used to overcome the barriers. The assessment was sent to dental hygiene educators representing thirty-eight dental hygiene programs who had participated in two or more of these workshops. Twenty-eight programs provided collective responses to the questions, and the narrative data were analyzed, using a qualitative methodology. Responses revealed that programs had made productive changes to their clinical education curricula and the information gained from the workshops had a positive effect on clinical teaching.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1169-1176
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of dental education
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2008


  • Clinical teaching
  • Continuing education
  • Dental hygiene education
  • Faculty development
  • Outcomes assessment
  • Qualitative research
  • Teaching effectiveness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Dentistry(all)


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