Students' perceptions of learning environment in an Indian medical school

Abraham, Reem Rachel and Ramnarayan, K and Vinod, P and Torke, Sharmila (2008) Students' perceptions of learning environment in an Indian medical school. BMC Medical Education, 8 (20).

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Background:Learning environment in any medical school is found to be important in determining students' academic success. This study was undertaken to compare the perceptions of first year and clinical phase students regarding the learning environment at Melaka Manipal Medical College (MMMC) (Manipal Campus) and also to identify the gender wise differences in their perceptions. Methods: In the present study, the Dundee Ready Education Environment Measure (DREEM) inventory was used. DREEM was originally developed at Dundee and has been validated as a universal diagnostic inventory for assessing the quality of educational environment. In the present study, DREEM was administered to undergraduate medical students of first year (n = 118) and clinical phase (n = 108) and the scores were compared using a nonparametric test. Results Among the two batches, first year students were found to be more satisfied with the learning environment at MMMC (as indicated by their higher DREEM score) compared to the clinical batch students. Gender wise, there was not much difference in the students' perceptions. Conclusion The present study revealed that both groups of students perceived the learning environment positively. Nevertheless,the study also revealed problematic areas of learning environment in our medical school which enabled us to adopt some remedial measures.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Medicine > MMMC Maleka
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2011 09:02
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2013 06:43

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