Strides in Development of Medical Education

Document Type : Original Article


1 Ph.D. in Educational Mangement, Assistant Professor of Educational Management Dept., School of Educational Sciences and psychology, Islamic Azad University, Khorasgan Branch ,Esfahan, Iran.

2 Ph.D. in Curriculum Development, Associate Professor of Medical Education, Medical Education Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran.

3 Ph.D. in Pharmacology Associate Professor of Medical Education, Medical Education Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran.


Background & objective : Self directed learning is increasingly used in dentistry and medical programs in order to improve students lifelong learning skills Since there are a limited number of studies about self directed learning in Iran any research on students readiness for selfdirected learning seems necessary This study was aimed to explore Medical and Dentistry students perceptions of self directed learning and its relationship with students personal traits (age gender high school and university grade point averages and score of basic sciences program) Methods: In this descriptivecorrelation study 81 extern intern completed the standard self directed learning scale consisted of 40 items in 3 subscales Students scores in the applied scale and basic sciences program together with the average and mean of all past terms scores were considered as indices for academic achievement One way ANOVA Pearson correlation coefficient multiple regression were used for analyzing data Results: Selfdirected learning readiness showed a significant relationship with students grade point average but a negative relationship with basic sciences score (p


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