Table 2

Responses of students (n=426) and faculty members (n=187) in the study, by number and percentage of respondents to each statement

Group1
Strongly Agree
2
Agree
3
Neutral
4
Disagree
5
Strongly Disagree
Average
Rating
Standard
Deviation
Z
statistic
p-value
1. Electronic textbooks (i.e., VitalSource) are preferred over regular textbooks.
 Students77 (18%)113 (27%)91 (22%)96 (23%)46 (11%)2.811.28−1.4100.159
 Faculty16 (9%)44 (24%)71 (39%)39 (21%)14 (8%)2.951.05
2. Dental students should be taught how to use computer software and other programs.
 Students147 (35%)176 (42%)66 (16%)28 (7%)6 (1%)1.980.95−3.1120.002*
 Faculty86 (46%)74 (40%)19 (10%)7 (4%)1 (<1%)1.730.83
3. Problem-based learning (learning through actual cases) is an important and useful learning tool.
 Students161 (38%)191 (45%)54 (13%)12 (3%)5 (1%)1.840.84−3.999<0.001*
 Faculty102 (55%)66 (36%)10 (5%)7 (4%)01.580.76
4. Community service is a valuable learning experience for dental students.
 Students162 (38%)186 (44%)51 (12%)17 (4%)6 (1%)1.860.88−4.442<0.001*
 Faculty103 (56%)69 (37%)9 (5%)4 (2%)01.540.69
5. Students should be given time to conduct research and present it at national meetings.
 Students48 (11%)170 (40%)165 (39%)30 (7%)13 (3%)2.510.89−5.841<0.001*
 Faculty46 (25%)89 (49%)41 (22%)6 (3%)1 (<1%)2.050.81
6. Less emphasis should be placed on conventional examinations.
 Students50 (12%)138 (33%)139 (33%)83 (20%)10 (2%)2.681.00−5.780<0.001*
 Faculty7 (4%)51 (28%)35 (19%)73 (40%)18 (10%)3.241.08
7. Diversity in the student body is desirable and should be increased.
 Students82 (19%)104 (24%)164 (39%)44 (10%)32 (8%)2.621.13−6.140<0.001*
 Faculty60 (32%)67 (36%)54 (29%)5 (3%)02.020.85
8. The duration of dental school should be longer than four years.
 Students12 (3%)30 (7%)55 (13%)161 (38%)167 (39%)4.041.03−9.963<0.001*
 Faculty24 (13%)56 (30%)35 (19%)49 (26%)22 (12%)2.941.25
  • * Significant at p<0.05

  • Note: Statement 1 showed similar ratings between students and faculty; all other statements showed significantly different ratings between students and faculty. Percentages may not total 100% because of rounding.