Becoming a dentist: Tracing professional identity development through mixed-methods data mining of student reflections

Alyssa Wise, Sameen Reza, Rujun Han

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Abstract

This study used mixed-methods data mining to identify concepts related to dental students’ professional identity development and trace their evolution over time. Words in students’ reflections were clustered based on similarity of use (represented in a 50-dimensional word-embedding model); these concepts were characterized at three points in time by constructing co-occurrence networks of constituent words and inspecting representative sentences. Analysis of 4,069 reflection statements from 378 students over four years revealed twelve relevant concepts. Over time, students’ vision of Becoming a Professional showed increased emphasis on ethical practices, shifting focus from self-as-dentist to Providing the Best Patient Care. In addition to gaining Confidence through Progress to be a part of the Field of Dentistry, students also personalized their view of the profession, coming to Know Oneself as a Dentist and, at times, connecting this to their Life Vision. Implications for the theory, study and support of professional identity development are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationThe Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsMelissa Gresalfi, Ilana Seidel Horn
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages294-301
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781732467255
StatePublished - 2020
Event14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Nashville, United States
Duration: Jun 19 2020Jun 23 2020

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Volume1
ISSN (Print)1573-4552

Conference

Conference14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020
CountryUnited States
CityNashville
Period6/19/206/23/20

Keywords

  • Health professions education
  • Professional identity
  • Word embedding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education

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