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A qualitative exploration of existing reflective practices used by undergraduate dental students in paediatric dentistry

Lookup NU author(s): Helen RogersORCiD



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© 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Background: Reflection is increasingly significant for dental students and professionals and is a continuing requirement of dental regulatory bodies. There is a paucity of evidence regarding how best to facilitate deep reflection for dental students. This study explored whether the use of clinical logbooks in undergraduate clinical attachments in Paediatric Dentistry was facilitating deep reflection. Methods: This qualitative study used individual interviews for data collection. This was conducted at the University of Sheffield with third year undergraduate dental students and clinical teaching staff. Interviews were immediately transcribed verbatim. A reflexive approach to thematic analysis was used to co-constitute the data, enabling the development of the thematic framework. Results: The sample compromised 10 students and 4 educators. Thematic analysis generated 4 key themes: understanding of reflection, preparation for reflection, importance of learning through experience, and suggestions for development. The findings indicated that students perceived that they were not being supported in engaging in deep reflection by the use of a clinical logbook and that greater preparation for reflection would be beneficial. Conclusions: The current study revealed that using clinical logbooks during clinical attachments in Paediatric Dentistry was not facilitating deep reflection. Further research is required to explore how deep reflection can be facilitated for undergraduate dental students undertaking clinical learning.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Campbell F, Jack K, Rogers H

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Dentistry Journal

Year: 2022

Volume: 10

Issue: 1

Online publication date: 23/12/2021

Acceptance date: 17/12/2021

Date deposited: 17/01/2022

ISSN (electronic): 2304-6767

Publisher: MDPI


DOI: 10.3390/dj10010001


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