Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Educational technology behaviors and expectations of students entering three dental programs; a bi -coastal survey
by Essex, Gwen, Ed.D., University of San Francisco, 2009, 179; 3388381
Abstract (Summary)

In order to best support student learning there is a need to understand the use and expectations of students relating to the inclusion of educational technology during dental school. A descriptive study was conducted to obtain entering dental student opinion of the use of technology during college, as well as what is anticipated during professional school. The study utilized an adapted version of the survey tool used by the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR) in their 2007 investigation of undergraduate use of technology to allow for comparison of a large undergraduate population to the participating entering dental students. Results indicate that while there are many areas of commonality between the technology use of undergraduates and dental students, there are also important differences. Dental students reported higher use of several learning technologies, as well as quite high expectations of technology use during dental school. Conclusions include that there are currently unmet technology expectations among dental students and that there is a great deal of interest on the part of students to utilize technology during dental school. Dental education applications of several technologies are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mitchell, Mathew
School: University of San Francisco
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 70/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational technology, Higher education
Keywords: Dental education, Educational technology, Technology expectations
Publication Number: 3388381
ISBN: 978-1-109-54378-0
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