Table 3.

Comparison of learning report component scores of students entering dental school in fall 2007 to those entering in fall 2008

Evaluation ComponentFall 2007 n=79Fall 2008 n=77p-value
Notes: Percentages indicate percentage of yes scores.
aFisher’s exact test; bchi-square test; cmean of numerical scores; dWilcoxon rank-sum test
Learning Issue
    Defined learning issue100%99%0.494a
    Broad learning issue87%77%0.081b
Background
    Introduced learning issue94%100%0.059a
    Summarized article63%82%0.010b
        Research question/objective78%76%0.820b
        Study design48%48%0.978b
        Population92%84%0.258a
        Methodology82%76%0.453b
        Key results100%98%0.999a
        Secondary results50%60%0.273b
        Significance of results66%86%0.013b
        Limitations34%25%0.318b
        Summary qualityc3.5±1.14.4±0.7<0.001d
        Evidence of reading beyond abstract70%90%0.005b
    Number of articles summarizedc1.1±0.71.8±0.5<0.001d
    Summarized background35%38%0.774b
    Addressed learning issue99%100%0.999a
    Background qualityc3.2±1.04.3±1.0<0.001d
Clinical Significance
    Linked learning issue to patient94%100%0.059a
    Treatment plan87%66%0.002b
    Clinical significance qualityc3.2±0.63.8±0.7<0.001d
References
    Appropriate for learning issue96%100%0.245a
    Cited research articles81%100%<0.001a
    Number of research articles citedc1.5±0.62.0±0.6<0.001d
    Reference qualityc3.0±0.74.4±0.8<0.001d
Learning report gradec9.4±1.912.5±2.2<0.001d