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ERIC Number: EJ887331
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1990-3839
Learning Environment in Medical Schools Adopting Different Educational Strategies
Al Rukban, Mohammad Othman; Khalil, Mahmoud Salah; Al-Zalabani, Abdulmohsen
Educational Research and Reviews, v5 n3 p126-129 Mar 2010
Faculty of Medicine, King Fahad Medical City (KFMC) has adopted a problem based learning (PBL) curriculum. This study investigates the educational environment in the school; it also compares the educational environment prevailing in problem based learning curriculum with that of conventional and outcome based curricula. A cross sectional study included one hundred and thirty seven males and females medical students (years 1, 2 and 3). The students completed The Dundee Ready Educational Environment Measure (DREEM) inventory questionnaire at the end of the second semester. The data were compared between the studied groups and also with the similar data from conventional and outcome based curricula. Parametric and nonparametric tests were used to compare between different groups and curricula. There were no significant differences in the scores of DREEM questionnaire between the studied groups (years 1, 2 and 3) within the Faculty of Medicine, KFMC. However, there were significant differences between the scores among the medical schools adopting PBL, conventional and outcome based curricula. DREEM scores of Faculty of Medicine at KFMC were significantly higher than the medical schools adopting conventional learning system in Saudi Arabia but were significantly lower than Medical School of Dundee University which adopts the outcome based learning. Educational strategy could be one of the factors that affects the educational environment. Problem based learning could be a better educational environment compared to conventional curriculum. However, the educational environment is not as good as that in schools adopting more innovative strategies of teaching such as that of the outcome based learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia