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Title: Weakest students benefit most from a customized educational experience for Generation Y students
Author: Nalliah, Romesh P.; Allareddy, Veerasathpurush

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Citation: Nalliah, Romesh P., and Veerasathpurush Allareddy. 2014. “Weakest students benefit most from a customized educational experience for Generation Y students.” PeerJ 2 (1): e682. doi:10.7717/peerj.682. http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.682.
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Abstract: Most current dental students were born in the 1980s and 1990s and are defined as Generation Y (Gen Y). The authors developed a customized educational experience that brought together some characteristics of Gen Y and the objective of this educational experience was to develop the critical thinking skills of Gen Y students. The objective of the current study is to evaluate outcomes from pre-session and post-session tests. Additionally, we wanted to integrate aspects of team-based learning, self-directed learning and peer-to-peer teaching as a means of reducing the need for intense faculty supervision but maintain positive educational outcomes. Single bitewing x-ray was displayed and informal class discussion was facilitated by a Senior Tutor. A list of questions and concepts that needed to be understood more clearly was made. Student groups self allocated research tasks to members. After conducting research, students presented to class and faculty facilitated discussions aiming to foster critical thinking and identify what information needed to be more thoroughly understood. Pre-session and post-session tests were conducted and compared. Students who scored below 85% in their pre-session test improved their score in the post-session test by a mean of 9.5 points (p = 0.02). Those who scored above 95% in their pre-session test scored less in the post-session test (mean reduction of 6.31 points, p = 0.001). Findings from this study demonstrate that the weakest students in the class (those who scored below 85% correct in the pre-session test) benefitted most from this unique educational experience.
Published Version: doi:10.7717/peerj.682
Other Sources: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4260125/pdf/
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