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Dental Students' Notetaking: a Thematic, Material-based Interview Study [post]

Viveca Lindberg, Sofia Louca Jounger, Maria Christidis, Nikolaos Christidis
2020 unpublished
Background The transition from upper secondary to higher education and from higher education to professional practice require that students need to adapt to new literacy practices, academic and professional. The aim of this study was to map what characterizes dental students' notetaking and secondarily what dental students express regarding their notetaking. Methods Three undergraduate dental students participated in this material-based, semi-structured interview study, that was framed within a
more » ... was framed within a New Literacy Studies approach. To analyze the outcome of the interviews a thematic analysis was used. Results Eight themes that relate to what, how and for what purpose students write were discerned. These include a) what: T1-Professional vocabulary; T2-Core content; T3-Clinical example; b) how: T4-Multimodal accentuation; T5-Synthesis; and c) for what purpose: T6-Mnemonic strategies; T7-Academic purposes; and T8 professional purposes. Conclusions The digital development has changed the notetaking which has evolved from just synchronous to become both multimodal and asynchronous and is more of a writing practice. Students' writing practices seem to be motivated by their knowledge formation in relation to a subject matter. Results showed that students, half-way through their dental education, are aware of that notetaking is not only for passing exams but also for learning for their profession.
doi:10.21203/ fatcat:udqsnkwgffffjknohauwmdyrry