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Jeria, Jorge||Roth, Gene L.

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Counseling, Adult and Higher Education


Education; Humanistic; Dental hygienists--Training of; Dental hygiene--Study and teaching


Humanistic teaching endeavors are gaining a renewed focus in dental education as a result of the sustained number of oral health disparities in the United States. The accrediting body for dental education calls for institutions to provide a humanistic environment characterized by respect, tolerance, understanding, and concern for others: one fostered by mentoring, advising, and small group interaction. The voices of dental educators are absent from the literature on humanistic pedagogy; therefore, dental educators are unable to share or access teaching knowledge regarding what humanistic pedagogy looks like. The central research question of this study is, "In what ways do clinical dental hygiene instructors situate the humanistic paradigm?" The research was guided through the qualitative method of interpretive description. Two semi-structured interviews of 12 clinical dental hygiene instructors from community colleges in the Midwest were conducted. Data were analyzed using the constant comparative method. Results of the study provide the reader a greater understanding of teaching in a human way through the constructs of empathic understanding, thoughtfulness and tact, and pedagogical influence.


Advisors: Jorge Jeria; Gene L. Roth.||Committee members: Laura R. Johnson.||Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations.


vii, 152 pages




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