A survey of the computer literacy of undergraduate dental students at a University Dental School in Ireland during the academic year 1997-98

Ray, N. J. and Hannigan, A. (1999) A survey of the computer literacy of undergraduate dental students at a University Dental School in Ireland during the academic year 1997-98. European Journal of Dental Education, 3 (2). pp. 56-63. ISSN 13965883 (ISSN)

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Abstract

As dental practice management becomes more computer-based, the efficient functioning of the dentist will become dependent on adequate computer literacy. A survey has been carried out into the computer literacy of a cohort of 140 undergraduate dental students at a University Dental School in Ireland (years 1-5), in the academic year 1997-98. Aspects investigated by anonymous questionnaire were: (1) keyboard skills; (2) computer skills; (3) access to computer facilities; (4) software competencies and (5) use of medical library computer facilities. The students are relatively unfamiliar with basic computer hardware and software: 51.1% considered their expertise with computers as poor; 34.3% had taken a formal typewriting or computer keyboarding course; 7.9% had taken a formal computer course at university level and 67.2% were without access to computer facilities at their term-time residences. A majority of students had never used either word-processing, spreadsheet, or graphics programs. Programs relating to informatics were more popular, such as literature searching, accessing the Internet and the use of e-mail which represent the major use of the computers in the medical library. The lack of experience with computers may be addressed by including suitable computing courses at the secondary level (age 13-1 8 years) and/or tertiary level (FWHE) education programmes. Such training may promote greater use of generic softwares, particularly in the library, with a more electronic- based approach to data handling. © Munksgaard, 7999.

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Additional Information: Cited By :15; Export Date: 23 February 2015; Correspondence Address: Ray, N.J.; Dept of Restoratizw Dentisty (Detital Materials Scretisr), Utirrrrsrty Derital School and Hospital, Wiltutt, Cork, Ireland; email: noelray@iolie; References: Lang, W.P., Trends in students knowledge, opinions, and experience regarding dental informatics and computer applications (1995) J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2, pp. 374-382; Feldman, C.A., Dental student experience and perceptions of computer technology (1992) J Dent Educ, 56, pp. 200-205; Knapp, R.G., Muller, M.C., Levine, J., Communications: experiences with and attitudes toward computers in medicine of students and clinical faculty members at one school (1987) J Med Educ, 62, pp. 344-346; Feldman, C.A., Junior dental student survey of computers in dentistry (1989) J Dent Ed, 53, p. 55; Crighton, A.J., Smith, M.E., Acceptance of electronic course information teaching medicine to dental students (1998) J Dent Res, 77. , abstr 1270
Uncontrolled Keywords: Computer literacy; Data collection; dental; Dentistry; Questionnaires; students; article; chi square distribution; computer network; computer program; curriculum; dental education; dental student; human; human computer interaction; Internet; Ireland; library; management; questionnaire; statistics; utilization review; Chi-Square Distribution; Computer Communication Networks; Computer User Training; Education, Dental; Humans; Libraries, Dental; Practice Management, Dental; Software; Students, Dental
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2015 21:48
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2015 21:50
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/3571

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