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Document Type

Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


Educational Administration and Leadership

First Advisor

Lynn Beck

First Committee Member

Cindy Lyon

Second Committee Member

Nader Nadershahi

Third Committee Member

Allen Wong


Implant dentistry has emerged as a very reliable and predictable option for replacing missing teeth. Implant education at the pre-doctoral level has been implemented in most parts of the world and is currently perceived as a fundamental discipline in dental education. Dental graduates today are expected to have knowledge and possess skills at the competence level in order to provide care for the growing number of patients seeking this treatment option, which may be the optimal option for the majority of their cases. However, very little is known about current trends, issues, and perspectives of implant dentistry education. This study builds a knowledge base about implant dentistry education in pre-doctoral dental education programs. It begins with an overview of the current state of implant dentistry education described in Chapter 1. Chapter 2 evaluates faculty perception in Kuwait University Faculty of Dentistry regarding case-based-learning, a pedagogy that has been recommended by multiple dental education institutions as the context within which pre-doctoral implant dentistry education should be taught. Chapter 3 presents an example of how case-based-learning pedagogy might be implemented in the form of a case report. Chapter 4 creates the link between faculty perception and student outcomes and presents an evaluation of students' competence level regarding pre-doctoral implant education. Finally, Chapter 5 provides a summary and synthesis of the three articles with a focus on placing this research within the larger body of scholarship on implant education and on identifying implications for policy, future scholarship, and practice.





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