Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Describe the origins of adult learning theory and the principles of good practice.
  • Explain the importance of prior experience in adult learning.
  • Provide examples of open-ended questions to elicit information from the patient.
  • Describe the Stages of Change and explain how a dental professional would assess a patient's Stage of Change.
  • Explain strategies for moving patients through the Stages of Change.
  • Describe how to make learning relevant to the patient.
  • Explain locus of control and provide examples of questions that might be used to assess locus of control.
  • Describe self-direction and autonomy and how they impact adult learning.
  • Describe Gardner's Multiple Intelligences and Kolb's Learning Styles and how they might be used to develop patient autonomy.