The attitude and perception about need of WPBA in Dental education among the senior faculties of Dental Institutes of Central India- cross-sectional study

Varsha S Manekar


Context: WPBAs are designed to assess a clinician’s performance on a day-to-day basis in real life working conditions. In dentistry the undergraduates and postgraduates learn basic as well as complex procedural skills. The formative assessment is also a part of process. The group of assessments WPBA are the structured assessments with feedback can be used for these formative assessments.

Aims: AIM of this research is “To Assess attitude and perception about need of WPBA in Dental education among the senior faculties of Dental Institutes in central India.”

Settings and Design: The study design was cross-sectional survey. This study was conducted in the department of oral & maxillofacial surgery at GDCH, Nagpur. The participants were the senior faculties of clinical subjects with experience of teaching more than five years.

Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was sent on line to the senior dental faculties of central India.

Results: 64% participants were aware of the WPBA, 36% were unaware of it. The source of knowledge about 51.4% from HSET workshops; 22.9% from literature: 11.4% from studies conducted in their department. 70% participants responded that WPBA is not used in their department, rest responded that it is used.

Conclusions: The results from this survey confirms the positive attitude of the dental faculties towards WPBA. The perception of participants is it will be useful tool for UG as well as PG formative assessment.


Keywords: WPBA, Formative assessment, DOPS, Mini Cex, Dental faculties.

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