Evaluating the effect of logbook as viewed by the juniors and seniors at Shiraz school of dentistry

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Elham Mazareie 1 , Shahla Momeni Danaei 2 , * , Sahar Hosseininezhad 3 , Mahsa Nili 3

1 Education and Development Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran, Iran

2 Orthodontist, Professor Education and Development Center, School of Dentistry, Education and Development Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran, Iran

3 Dentist, Education and Development Center, Shiraz university of medical sciences, Shiraz, Iran, Iran

How to Cite: Mazareie E , Momeni Danaei S , Hosseininezhad S , Nili M . Evaluating the effect of logbook as viewed by the juniors and seniors at Shiraz school of dentistry, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2016 ; 13(4):e57640.

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Strides in Development of Medical Education: 13 (4); e57640
Published Online: November 02, 2016
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 05, 2017
Accepted: August 16, 2015

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Abstract

Background & Objective: Evaluation is a process that identifies and describes the effectiveness of all aspects of education. The use of logbooks as an aid in education and assessment might provide the possibility for a more uniform training. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of logbook on students’ perspective in each of the 10 departments of dental school.

Methods: In this cross-sectional survey, a questionnaire consisting of 16 standardized items, each scored on a 5-point Likert scale (0 to 4), was used. From among the collected forms, 50 completely filled questionnaires were entered into the study. The validity of the questionnaire was approved by a group of 10 experts and its reliability was confirmed using Cronbach’s α (0.94). Tukey’s test and one-way ANOVA were used for data analysis.

Results: In all departments, there was agreement between the students’ logbook scores and final grades. In addition, the ability to find learning weaknesses via logbooks had the lowest score, whereas clear statement of learning objectives for each subject and requirement obtained the highest score. Usefulness of written clinical procedures in logbooks had the highest score in the Departments of Endodontics, Removable Prosthodontics, Fixed Prosthodontics, and Pediatrics.

Conclusion: The logbook is a practical and useful assessment tool for evaluating students and achieving learning objectives. It clearly states the educational objectives and clarifies the minimum requirements for each department. However, there is a need for the mutual cooperation and commitment of both the students and educators, which requires time and the better establishment of this method.

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Education Assessment Logbook

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