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The demand for the change in Korean dental hygiene curriculum

Won Bok Yeon 1 jung eui jung 2 Jong-Hwa Jang 3

1대전보건대학교
2혜전대학교
3한서대학교

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Objectives: The purpose of the study was to examined the demand for the change in Korean dental hygiene curriculum. This study comparedthe dental hygiene curriculum of domestic and overseas university and tired to provide the basic data for the development of standardcurriculum that meets the education policy changes. Methods: Data were obtained from a cross-sectional survey of 1,192 participants including dental hygiene professors, dental hygienistsand students. Data were collected by mail, telephone call from the professors and research assistants, email, and direct visit from June10 to August 10, 2013. The questionnaire consisted of 4 questions of general characteristics of the subjects and 13 questions of dentalhygiene curriculum. Results: The professors answered the development of integrated dental hygiene curriculum as the first priority(48.9%) and dentalhygienists(51.6%) and students(42.6%) chose the development of new dental hygiene curriculum(p<0.001). In the analysis of validityof dental hygiene curriculum, the professors gave 3.29 to the validity of evaluation for basic job performance, and the clinical dentalhygienists and the students gave 3.05 and 3.26 points, respectively(p<0.001). In relation to the necessity of the change of the dentalhygiene curriculums, the professors gave 4.17 points which implied that curriculum change is the most important and necessary thingto do. The clinical dental hygienists and the students gave 3.90 and 3.47 points, respectively(p<0.001). Conclusions: The above-mentioned findings suggest that the revision of the current Korean dental hygiene curriculums is required. Therefore organizations related to dental hygiene including professor association and Korean Dental Hygienists Association shouldcarefully rebuild the curriculum to improve the competency of dental hygienists. They should take the initiative in the developmentof a standardized curriculum.

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