The effects of increased laboratory hours on student performance within the Madison College Dental Assistant Program
LeRoy, Dayna L.
University of Wisconsin--Stout
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The purpose of this study was to identify whether or not adding additional laboratory hours to Dental Assistant student's workload would effect student performance. In an ex post facto research design, four semesters of data were analyzed to determine effects on student performance in regard to a conceptual understanding geared final exam as well as a hands-on laboratory exam- two semesters having the original amount of laboratory hours and the other two with the recently implemented additional four hours per week (120 vs. 144 total laboratory hours). The results of this study showed no statistically significant effect on student performance in the conceptual understanding based exam whereas there was a statistically significant positive effect on the hands-on laboratory exam.
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