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Students' perceptions of learning environment in Guilan University of Medical Sciences


avatar Mahdokht Taheri 1 , *

1 Assistant professor, Education Development Center, Guilan University of Medical Sciences.

How to Cite: Taheri M. Students' perceptions of learning environment in Guilan University of Medical Sciences. J Med Edu. 2009;13(4):e105414.
doi: 10.22037/jme.v13i4.4524.


Journal of Medical Education: 13 (4); e105414
Published Online: May 25, 2013
Article Type: Brief Report
Received: May 25, 2013
Accepted: May 25, 2013


Background and purpose: There is an increasing interest and concern regarding the role of learning environment in undergraduate medical education in recent years. Educational environment is one of the most important factors determining the success of an effective curriculum. The quality of educational environment has been identified to be crucial for effective learning.we compared the perceptions of Basic sciences students and clinical phase regarding the learning environment and also to identify the gender related differences in their perceptions.Method: In this study, the Dundee Ready Education Environment Measure (DREEM) inventory was used. The total score for all subscales is 200. In this study, DREEM was administered to undergraduate medical students of basic sciences students (n=120), and clinical phase (n= 100) and the scores were compared using a nonparametric test.Results Between the two batches, basic sciences students were found to be more than satisfied with the learning environment at GUMS compared to the clinical phase. Gender wise, there was not much difference in the students' perceptions.Conclusion: This study revealed that both groups of students perceived learning environment relatively more Negative than Positive in GUMS. It is essential for faculty members to place more efforts on observing principals of instructional design and create an appropriate educational environment in order to provide a better learning for students.


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