Good education is an art that requires personal judgements, feelings and values. The central purpose of education is to empower learners and give them everything they need to take charge of their own advancement.
This is achieved through three forms of learning: acquisition of knowledge (cognitive learning), change in emotions or feelings (affective learning) and gain in physical, motor actions or performance (psychomotor learning).
Continuing professional development
A key part of being a registered dental technician is the requirement to participate in continuing professional development (CPD). This helps to ensure skills and knowledge are kept up-to-date, as well as contributing towards the individual’s effectiveness as a professional. However, there is a wide range of opinions and attitudes towards the benefits of CPD. It has been estimated that the knowledge gained in a degree course remains useful for about four years, which in turn highlights the importance of lifelong learning and CPD participation.
In a pilot study prior to compulsory registration, dental technicians generally felt that registration might raise the profile status of technicians. In a later paper, researchers confirmed this, but despite the overall positive consensus towards CPD, many quoted a number of barriers to gaining CPD. Lack of time, no relevant courses, geographic location and cost were all perceived to be a significant factor to hinder technicians achieving CPD.2
Dental Technology Showcase
With world-class speakers, live demonstrations and an outstanding list of exhibitors, the Dental Technology Showcase 2018 provides an ideal solution. You can enjoy educational and inspiring presentations from some of the world’s leading experts in dental technology, while taking advantage of the free CPD available. There are lectures for every member of the dental laboratory team, plus hands-on education at exhibitor stands.
In 2018, the trade floor is destined to be even more extensive than previous years, with hundreds of products and services on display. You can find out about the latest materials and technologies on offer, as well as testing out some of the hottest merchandises, with free product samples and on-stand learning. Plus, with thousands of dental technicians and laboratory professionals in attendance, the DTS provides numerous opportunities to meet up with friends and network with colleagues and industry peers. Further still, co-located with The Dentistry Show, there is the chance to meet with existing clients and make new connections for future business growth.
Don’t miss your opportunity to access quality education and gain CPD at DTS 2018 – save the dates in your diary today!