J Educ Eval Health Prof.  2005 Jan;2(1):43-57.

The Validity of Subjects in Korean Dental Technicians' Licensing Examination

Affiliations
  • 1College of Health Sciences, Korea University, Korea. kuc2842@chollian.net
  • 2Medical College, Catholic University, Korea.
  • 3Korean Academy of Dental Technology, Korea.
  • 4Catholic University of Pusan, Korea.
  • 5Masan College, Korea.

Abstract

This study prepared a basic framework for the development and improvement of Korean Dental Technicians' Licensing Examination, based on actual test questions. A peer review was conducted to ensure relevance to current practices in dental technology. For the statistical analysis, 1000 dental laboratory technicians were selected; specialists in dental laboratory technology (laboratory owners, educators, etc.) were involved in creating valid and reliable questions. Results indicated that examination subjects should be divided into three categories: basic dental laboratory theory, dental laboratory specialties, and a practical examination. To ensure relevance to current practice, there should be less emphasis on basic dental laboratory theory, including health-related laws, and more emphasis on dental laboratory specialties. Introduction to dental anatomy should be separated from oral anatomy and tooth morphology; and fixed prosthodontics should be separated from crown and bridge technology and dental ceramics technology. Removable orthodontic appliance technology should be renamed 'orthodontic laboratory technology'. There should be less questions related to health related law, oral anatomy, dental hygiene, dental materials science and inlay, while the distribution ratio of questions related to tooth morphology should be maintained. There should be a decrease in the distribution ratio of questions related to crown and bridge technology, dental ceramics technology, complete dentures and removable partial dentures technology, and orthodontic laboratory technology. In the practical examination, the current multiple choice test should be replaced with tooth carving using wax or plaster. In dental laboratory specialties, subjects related to contemporary dental laboratory technology should be included in the test items.

Keyword

Dental laboratory technology; Korean Dental Technicians' Licensing Examination; examination subject; practical examination; validity study

MeSH Terms

Ceramics
Crowns
Dental Materials
Denture, Complete
Denture, Partial, Removable
Inlays
Jurisprudence
Laboratories, Dental
Licensure*
Oral Hygiene
Orthodontic Appliances, Removable
Peer Review
Prosthodontics
Specialization
Technology, Dental
Tooth
Ceramics
Dental Materials
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