Doctor of Education (EdD)
This study employed a qualitative phenomenological methodology to explore the lived experiences of dental hygiene faculty using simulation with dental manikin head devices to teach local anesthesia. This study aimed to address the gap in the literature given the lack of discussion regarding dental manikin head simulation use in teaching local anesthesia within dental hygiene education. The purpose extended to explore if educators could guide students and ease anxieties by incorporating simulation in the development of treatment skills on a manikin before applying these skills to real-life interactions. John Dewey’s (1938) concept of interconnectedness between education and experience and David Kolb’s (1984) theory of experiential learning were the frameworks that directed this study. Eight semi-structured interviews were conducted to answer this study’s research questions. Four themes emerged from this study’s findings, including empowerment, beneficial preparation, concerns as a challenge, and support. This study’s participants reported their experiences related to the use of simulation with dental manikin head devices in teaching local anesthesia education and described the benefits and challenges in preparing students to administer local anesthesia. This research added additional perspective to the limited body of literature regarding the lived experiences of dental hygiene faculty using simulation with dental manikin head devices to teach local anesthesia. Findings implied that simulation training fosters faculty teaching methods and student development by easing student uncertainties, increasing confidence levels, and enhancing hands-on skills and critical thinking skills within a safer and less intimidating learning environment.
Castro, Allison, "Exploring The Lived Experiences Of Dental Hygiene Faculty Using Simulation With Dental Manikin Head Devices To Teach Local Anesthesia" (2023). Doctor of Education Program Dissertations. 20.