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SHORT COMMUNICATION
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 191-193

Active involvement in dental education and the way to meaningful knowledge: The viewpoint of a dental educator


Department of Adult Restorative Dentistry, Oman Dental College, Muscat, Oman; Department of Restorative Dentistry, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, UK

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Abubaker Qutieshat
Department of Adult Restorative Dentistry, Oman Dental College, Muscat; Department of Restorative Dentistry, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jdrr.jdrr_70_22

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While learning in clinical dental practice is a rich, complex phenomenon with the goal of producing a clinically capable dentist, dental education is based on the premise that students can develop into professionals. This short communication focuses on two of the main principles of learning: meaningful knowledge and active learning, as both are key precursors to other higher-level learning activities and have relatively straightforward and well-understood underpinning theories. This work also makes a number of assumptions to make clinical dental teaching more effective. The present work highlights that the underlying purpose of dental education goes beyond imparting knowledge, skills, and attitudes; it is also about developing a sense of identity. The dental curriculum must prepare students for the roles they will occupy in the future and guide them to become well-rounded clinicians as well as lifelong learners.


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