Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Susan Lynn Tolle
Deanne S. Allen
Shirley P. Glover
Call Number for Print
Special Collections LD4331.D46B43
The purpose of this research was to compare attitudes of licensed dental hygienists toward continuing education (CE) in two states: Kentucky, a state with mandatory continuing education (MCE) as a requirement for dental hygiene re-licensure and Virginia, a state without MCE for dental hygiene re-licensure. A self-designed, 28-item instrument, Continuing Education Attitudinal Questionnaire, was mailed to a stratified and random sample of 400 licensed dental hygienists in Kentucky and Virginia. Employing the chi-square test for independence, analysis of results revealed that Kentucky participants responded more affirmatively than Virginia participants to attitudinal statements regarding CE, particularly in areas of MCE, benefits of CE, and CE program administration. Virginia respondents recorded higher percentages of undecided responses, especially in areas of benefits of CE and optional methodologies for CE instruction. Therefore, increased exposure to CE courses through MCE may result in more favorable attitudes toward CE. The study also revealed that association members displayed more favorable attitudes toward CE than non-association members, and that graduation date did not appear related to attitudes toward CE.
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Behroozi, Katharine R..
"Survey of Attitudes of Licensed Dental Hygienists Toward Continuing Education in a State with Mandatory Continuing Education Versus a State without Mandatory Continuing Education"
(1988). Master of Science (MS), Thesis, Dental Hygiene, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/b0jb-9s64