The views of part-time clinical teachers regarding their role in undergraduate education at the University of Bristol Dental School

J. Puryer*, L. McNally, D. O'Sullivan

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Abstract

Introduction UK dental schools are reliant on part-time teachers to deliver the clinical educational component of the course, the majority with a background in general dental practice. Opportunities for promotion are limited, as is the support for obtaining educational qualifications. The aim of this study was to ascertain the views of such teachers at a dental school. Materials and methods An anonymous online survey was used to obtain both qualitative and quantitative views. Results The response rate was 80%. The school has n = 50 part-time clinical teachers, who have been teaching for, on average ten years, and for three sessions per week. Eighteen percent of teachers are recognised specialists. Forty-six percent of respondents have a formal teaching qualification, mostly at certificate level, and 55% thought it necessary to acquire a formal teaching qualification. Eighty-eight percent were happy with their role as clinical teachers. Conclusion This study demonstrates that despite the lack of support and prospect of career progression, the majority of part-time clinical teachers at this institution are satisfied with their role.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-83
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Volume218
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • Dental education
  • Primary dental care
  • Clinical teaching

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