Exploring the consistency, transparency and portability of dental technology education: Benchmarking across Norway, Ireland and Australia
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Dental technology programmes of study must prepare students to practice in a broad range of contemporary workplaces. Currently, there is limited evidence to benchmark dental technology education - locally, nationally or internationally. This research aims to improve consistency, transparency and portability of dental technology qualifications across three countries. Data were accessed from open-source curriculum documents and five calibrated assessment items. Three institutions collaborated with Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway; Trinity College Dublin, Ireland; and Griffith University, Australia. From these, 29-44 students completed 174 assessments. The curricula reflect the community needs of each country and display common themes that underpin professional dental technology practice. Assessment results differed between institutions but no more than a normal distribution. Face-to-face assessment moderation was critical to achieve consistency. This collaborative research has led to the development of a set of guidelines for other dental technology education providers interested in developing or aligning courses internationally to enhance the portability of qualifications.
European Journal of Dental Education
Copyright 2015 John Wiley & Sons A/S. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Exploring the consistency, transparency and portability of dental technology education: Benchmarking across Norway, Ireland and Australia, European Journal of Dental Education, [Vol, Issue, Pages, Year] which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eje.12160. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828039.html)
Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified