student profile: Ms Punyanit Rungnava


Thesis work

Thesis title: Learning for dental practice by students in pre-clinical laboratory settings: Studies of simulation-based embodied practice

Supervisors: Peter GOODYEAR , Lina MARKAUSKAITE

Thesis abstract:

�p�Simulation-based learning is widely used in many areas of professional education and training for creating realistic learning situations and environments. For example, flight simulators are used in pilot training, manikins and simulated wards are used in nurse education, and business simulations are used in management education. Similarly, simulations are increasingly used in dental education for developing students’ dexterity skills and improving the effectiveness of pre-clinical practice and assessment (Mattheos et al., 2008). The challenge is to implement these new simulation technologies into larger instructional frameworks, and to make contemporary teaching and learning practices and environments more effective. Schleyer, Thyvalikakath, Spallek, Dziabiak, and Johnson (2012)argue that there are various kinds of technologies and they could be used in different ways, so the roles of educators are: (1) to decide which technologies and instructional approaches are suitable for their students, and (2) to choose a combination that is most appropriate for achieving specific learning goals within their learning environment. �/p� �p�This study focuses on investigating current simulation-based teaching and learning practices in a preclinical simulation-based laboratory course in Prosthodontics at a university in Thailand. The purpose is to identify those aspects of the course design that need improvement.�/p� �p�Ethnography is used to explore the current situation while activity-centered analysis and design (ACAD) framework is used as a framework for analysing laboratory settings (Goodyear & Carvalho, 2014). The data have been collected from dental students by using participant observations and interviews. Results show students’ perceptions of simulation-based learning and the affordances and constraints of the environment for developing their knowledge and skills. These findings will be used with the course teaching staff to redesign the course.�/p�

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