Self directed learning in the undergraduate dental curriculum

Br Dent J. 1995 Nov 25;179(10):373-6. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.4808930.


An evaluation of self-directed learning (SDL) in the clinical curriculum was undertaken at the Dental School of the London Hospital Medical College in 1995. Surveys of staff and students produced evidence of variation in viewpoint within and between groups concerning what the term means and how valuable a tool for learning it is. Lack of clarity of definition and purpose of SDL in General Dental Council guidance is highlighted and linked to the desirability of giving further consideration to SDL.

MeSH terms

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Curriculum*
  • Education, Dental / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Problem-Based Learning*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Societies, Dental
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Management
  • United Kingdom