Decolonisation of Curricula in Undergraduate Dental Education: An Exploratory Study

Ali, Kamran, Winter, Jennie, Webb, Oliver and Zahra, Daniel (2022) Decolonisation of Curricula in Undergraduate Dental Education: An Exploratory Study. British Dental Journal. ISSN 1476-5373 (In Press)

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Aims: To explore experiences and perceptions of students and staff regarding decolonisation of the curriculum in a dental undergraduate programme at a British University. Methods: Participants were invited to respond to an online survey on decolonisation of the dental curriculum. The target population included current students on the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) and Bachelor of Dental Therapy and Hygiene (BScDTH) programmes, as well as Dental Staff. The common items for student and staff versions of the survey were focused on six themes: Representation, Content, Peer Engagement, Assessment, Language and Communication, and Culture. The staff survey included additional items on Evaluation. All responses were anonymous. Data on program, year of study, age, gender, and ethnicity were captured on a voluntary basis. Results: In total, 34 staff members and 120 students participated in the survey. A comparison showed that average student responses were lower (i.e., less favourable) compared with average staff responses. Of the 24 surveys items, 17 showed significantly less favourable responses reported by Minority Ethnic (ME) students compared to their White peers. ME students were, when compared with White counterparts, less likely to report that their programme included opportunities for group discussions about ethnicity and privilege. Similar comparisons of staff responses did not show any significant differences between White and ME staff. Conclusions: This study provides useful insights into the perceptions and experiences of students and staff regarding decolonisation of dental curriculum in an undergraduate dental programme. Significant differences were noted between staff and student scores and also between White and ME students. The findings underscore the need to take further steps to decolonise dental curricula.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Decolonisation, Curriculum, Higher education, Dental, Racial inequalities,
Depositing User: Ms Raisa Burton
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2022 08:28
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2022 04:50

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