Comparing dental students’ perceptions of their educational environment in Northwestern Saudi Arabia

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dc.contributor.author Mahrous, Mohammad S.
dc.contributor.author Bhayat, Ahmed
dc.contributor.author Fadel, Hani T.
dc.contributor.author Ahmad, Mohammad S.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-03T06:48:06Z
dc.date.available 2015-08-03T06:48:06Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.description.abstract OBJECTIVES : To compare the perceptions of dental students over a 5-year period. METHODS : This cohort study was carried at Taibah University, College of Dentistry, Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Saudi Arabia between 2009 and 2014. Data was obtained using the Dundee Ready Education Environment Measure (DREEM), which consists of 50 items, 4 of these were irrelevant to this cohort and were excluded. All students registered in 2009 were included and followed up in 2014. Their responses were compared using the paired student’s t-test. RESULTS : Thirty-four students completed the questionnaire in 2009, and 30 of them participated in 2014 (12% drop out rate). The mean domain and total scores decreased over time. The mean scores for 6 items decreased significantly, while 4 of them had a significant increase. The lowest mean score in 2009 regarding support for stressed students increased (p=0.004) in 2014. However, the highest mean score in 2009 related to having a good social life, reduced (p=0.007) in 2014. This could be an indication of the high workload and its impact on their social lives. CONCLUSION : Student’s perceptions were relatively low at the beginning, and remained low throughout the study. There were no significant changes in mean domain, and total scores and although scores of some items improved, most decreased over the study period. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2015 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.smj.org.sa en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Ahmad, MS, Bhayat, A, Fadel, HT & Mahrous, MS 2015, 'Comparing dental students’ perceptions of their educational environment in Northwestern Saudi Arabia', Saudi Medical Journal, vol. 36, no. 4, pp. 477-483. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0379-5284 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1658-3175 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.15537/smj.2015.4.10754
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/49224
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Ministry of Defence And Aviation en_ZA
dc.rights Saudi Medical Journal is an Open Access journal and articles published are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (CC BY-NC). en_ZA
dc.subject Student’s perceptions en_ZA
dc.subject Education en_ZA
dc.subject Dental students en_ZA
dc.title Comparing dental students’ perceptions of their educational environment in Northwestern Saudi Arabia en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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