Perspectives on the dental school learning environment: theory X, theory Y, and situational leadership applied to dental education.

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Abstract

This article applies two well-known management and leadership models-Theory X and Theory Y, and Situational Leadership-to dental education. Theory X and Theory Y explain how assumptions may shape the behaviors of dental educators and lead to the development of "cop" and "coach" teaching styles. The Situational Leadership Model helps the educator to identify the teaching behaviors that are appropriate in a given situation to assist students as they move from beginner to advanced status. Together, these models provide a conceptual reference to assist in the understanding of the behaviors of both students and faculty and remind us to apply discretion in the education of our students. The implications of these models for assessing and enhancing the educational environment in dental school are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)977-982
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of dental education
Volume71
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Dentistry(all)

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