Evaluation of the Learning Environment at the Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University: Students Ã¢ÂÂ Perceptions
Wagdy Talaat Youssef, Yasser Mohamed El Wazir, Mona Sayed Ghaly and Rania Aly El Khadragy*
- *Corresponding Author:
- Rania Aly El Khadragy
Medical Education Department
Faculty of Medicine
Suez Canal University, Egypt
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: May 08, 2013; Accepted Date: June 24, 2013; Published Date: June 26, 2013
Citation: Youssef WT, Wazir YME, Ghaly MS, Khadragy RAE (2013) Evaluation of the Learning Environment at the Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University: Students’ Perceptions. Intel Prop Rights 1:102. doi:10.4172/2375-4516.1000102
Copyright: © 2013 Youssef WT, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Aim: This study aimed at evaluating the learning environment among undergraduate medical students at the Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University, and recommending remedial measures for further enhancement of students’ learning experiences. Methodology: The study was a descriptive, cross sectional study. The target population included the undergraduate students from year 1 to year 6 during the academic year (2009-2010). The sample size was 316 students (sample size was originally estimated 326; students’ response rate was 96.9%). The instrument used in this study was The Dundee Ready Education Environment Measure (DREEM) questionnaire which is a validated and reliable tool. The 50 items of the questionnaire encompasses five subscales: perceptions of learning, perceptions of teachers (course organizers), academic self-perceptions, perceptions of atmosphere and social self-perceptions. Results: After evaluation of all DREEM questionnaires, the total score of all six years was 113.8 which was interpreted according to the practical guide of McAleer and Roff that students’ perceptions of their learning environment were more positive than negative. The score for all the five subscales of DREEM indicated a more positive perception except for subscale 5 (social self perception). Conclusion: The study concluded that students throughout the different years of study perceived the learning environment positively. Nevertheless, the study also revealed problematic areas in some items which enabled us to adopt some remedial measures.