Self-Concept and Variables Related to Preparedness for Dental Practice: Basis for a Proposed Program Enhancement
Authors: Aleriza Marya L. Trias, Pearly P. Lim
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The aim of this study is to obtain information about graduating students’ self-concept and variables related to preparedness for dental practice. A self-constructed questionnaire which was first validated by 26 administrators, selected faculty and students of the School of Dentistry of Centro Escolar University, Manila, were personally given to the graduating students. The respondents were the 198 graduating students for March 2014. Foreign students were also included in the study. Using a 5-point Likert scale, the questionnaire assessed the self-concept and variables related to preparedness for dental practice self-perceived preparedness. Statistical tools that were used for the study are percentage, frequency, standard deviation, weighted mean, t-test and analysis of variance. The data gathered were interpreted as very large extent, large extent, moderate extent, little extent, very little extent. Based on the findings of the study, most of the graduating students see themselves prepared to a large extent for dental practice. However, the clinical infirmary ranked the lowest in its group with number of module units available, safety, cleanliness and orderliness of the infirmary and modernity of equipment giving the results of to a moderate extent. Moreover, the lack of training dental emergencies as well as Orthodontics and Periodontics will need to be addressed by program enhancements such as additional hours in subjects, workshops and seminars.