Student perceptions of syndicate learning: Tutor-less group work within an undergraduate dental curriculum

Robert McKerlie, Donald Cameron, Andrea Sherriff, Catherine Bovill

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Abstract

This paper describes the implementation of syndicate learning (tutor-less group working) to teach the basic principles and skills of removable partial denture design within an undergraduate dental curriculum at the University of Glasgow. Student perceptions of syndicate group learning were collected through using questionnaires with Likert scales and through focus group interviews. The majority of students expressed positive views of syndicate learning that focused on the following themes: the added value of the group in terms of learning and in terms of social cohesion; the sense of responsibility to peers that led them to work harder; the autonomy of tutor-less groups that led them to improve their ability to justify their work; and the effectiveness of the syndicate groups in comparison with other learning methods. On the basis of these findings along with reports from students that learning about group roles enhanced their preparation for future work, we argue that syndicate learning can offer some valuable benefits to the undergraduate dental curriculum.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e122-e127
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Dental Education
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • tutorials
  • student-centred learning
  • tutor-less groups
  • syndicate learning

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