Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Kathleen M. Roe
attitudes, barriers to care, dental curriculum, prejudicial beliefs, reflection, self-awareness
Public health; Dentistry; Education
This study investigated dental students' prejudicial beliefs towards underserved patient populations as an upstream constituent of provider attitudinal barriers to care. The objectives were to explore the nature of prejudicial beliefs, to assess the value of critical reflection as essential preparation for patient care, and to identify insights that would inform the preclinical curriculum that, ultimately, reduce oral health disparity.
An original reflection assignment was introduced into the preclinical curriculum of first year dental students to journal about the legitimacy of their prejudicial beliefs. Results indicated dental students identified a range of prejudicial beliefs and, through self-direction, experienced awareness and transformation of their beliefs. Participants agreed that reflection had value. Insights were identified that could enhance the preclinical curriculum. This contributes to the evidence base on pedagogical strategies historically focused on post-experiential reflection. Themes explored include concepts defining the nature of prejudicial beliefs that could guide and inform professional practice.
Narcisso, Deborah, "Emancipatory Pedagogy Through Serialized Heuristic Reflection: Fostering Self-Awareness of Dental Students' Prejudicial Beliefs" (2011). Master's Theses. Paper 4104.