Effects of the Dental Hygiene Curriculum on Student Creativity

Date of Award

Summer 1981

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Dental Hygiene


Dental Hygiene

Committee Director

Michele L. Darby

Committee Member

Ann Dinius

Committee Member

Linda Sawyer

Committee Member

Roger Johnson

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.D46 M369


This investigation examined the influence of the dental hygiene curriculum on student creativity throughout the two years of dental hygiene study. A secondary purpose was to determine if various accredited dental hygiene programs differentially affect creativity in students. Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking was used to measure creativity in students from three dental hygiene programs in Virginia. Data were organized according to a 3 X 4 factorial research design, using dental hygiene programs and academic semester levels as attribute independent variables. Fluency, Flexibility, Originality and Total scores of the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking were the dependent variables.

Two-way analysis of variance yielded significant differences between semester levels in Fluency, Flexibility and Originality scores. Differences in Flexibility and Originality scores occurred at all three programs. No significant differences were found on Total scores or between the three programs, p < .01. No interaction effects among semester levels and dental hygiene programs were revealed, p < .01.


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