The purpose of this study was to evaluate learners’ satisfaction with operating Problem-Based Learning (PBL), competency level for dental hygiene, and learners’ opinions through a reflection journal by developing a PBL class module and applying it to clinical dental hygiene classes. The subjects of the study were 31 students in the Clinical Dental Hygiene (oral health management for special patients) course in the second semester of the fourth grade. This study was conducted over the first semester from September to December 2020. The developed PBL learning module was applied for the 15 weeks class, and after all PBL classes were over, the overall satisfaction with the class and the change in student competency level was evaluated. The overall satisfaction of learners with PBL was high, and the level of self-competence also increased compared to before class. In addition, the top three topics (Competencies learned through PBL, humanistic and sociological elements learned through PBL, and obstacles in the PBL) were derived through the reflection journal after PBL learning activities. It was confirmed that the PBL learning module developed in this study is a class that enables students to identify problems and solve them integrally and drives the improvement of humanities and sociological competencies.
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Fig. 1. Process of PBL modules