Document Type

Presentation

Presentation Date

Summer 8-17-2012

Conference Name

Association of Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association

Conference Location

Canberra, Australia

Source of Publication

Association of Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association

Peer Review

Invited

Abstract

To prepare students to be effective practitioners in an increasingly diverse United States, dental hygiene educators must design cross-cultural curricula. One goal of such education is cultural competence, defined as a set of skills that allow individuals to increase their understanding of cultural differences and similarities within, among, and between groups. Cultural competence is a necessity in today’s diverse society and an essential component of clinical practice. Furthermore, the American Dental Association Council on Dental Accreditation standards requires incorporating content related to cultural competence in the dental hygiene curriculum.

As an adjunct to textbooks and training videos, gaming and literature can enrich teaching and sensitize students to cultural issues in health care. Qualitative data suggest that students can begin the process of becoming culturally competent through the creative use of gaming and literature in dental hygiene education. Suggested integrative learning activities include providing opportunities to engage in self-awareness and self reflection about values, prejudices, and stereotypes. The purpose of this short paper session is to present the implementation of literature and gaming as a pedagogic method for teaching cultural competence in the dental hygiene curriculum. This will include titles and samples that are easy to teach and incorporate.

Disciplines

Dentistry

Included in

Dentistry Commons

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