Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Oral Biology

Degree Program

Oral Biology, MS

Committee Chair

Metz, Michael

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Mayfield, Theresa

Committee Member

Mayfield, Theresa

Committee Member

DeGaris, Megan O'Malley

Committee Member

Daughtery, Timothy

Committee Member

Vaught, Randall

Author's Keywords

student self-assessment; faculty assessment; operative dentistry; correlational assessments; critical thinking


Purpose: The purpose of this project was to evaluate student self-assessment of operative dentistry experiences. Methods: First, a retrospective analysis of student self-assessment and faculty assessment grade sheets were evaluated for mean differences and correlations across time. Both preclinical (D2: n=120) and clinical (D3: n=120; D4: n=120) grades sheets were evaluated. Secondly, twenty-five (n=25) students from each of the D1, D2, D3 and D4 classes were asked to evaluate dentoform work. Twenty-five (n=25) operative calibrated faculty graded the same two dentoforms. Results: D2 student’s self-assessment scores were significantly higher than the faculty assessment scores (t-test; p0.05) and there was a positive correlation of scores (r= 0.408). On the prospective analysis, D1 dental students, D2 dental students and D3 dental students graded significantly higher (ANOVA; p