Strides in Development of Medical Education

Document Type : Original Article


1 PhD in Health Education, Associate Professor, Health Research Center AND Department of Health Education, School of Health, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 MSc Student, Department of Environmental Health, School of Health, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


Background & Objective: Selfesteem is one of the fundamental factors in academic performance of students and recognizing the variables which impact it may help its improvement The aim of the current study was to assess the impact of factors such as demographic and academic variables inclination toward lifelong learning and learning style on selfesteem among health sciences students Methods: In the present study 209 students of the School of Health of Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences (Tehran Iran) were selected to participate in the study using stratified random sampling Data collection tools consisted of a demographic and academic information questionnaire the Rosenberg selfesteem scale (RSES) Kolbs Learning Style Inventory (KLSI) and the Jefferson Scale of Lifelong Learning Data were analyzed using independent ttest oneway ANOVA Pearson correlation test and multiple regression analysis in SPSS software Results: The mean age of participants was 267 ± 84 years and most (94%) of them were men In bivariate analysis factors such as gender daily study time some domains of learning style as well as constructs of lifelong learning were significantly associated with selfesteem In multiple regression analysis variables of gender daily study time abstract conceptualization from learning style domains and beliefs of motivation toward learning (a lifelong learning construct) predicted students selfesteem Approximately 38% of variance in selfesteem was explained using variables included in the regression model Conclusion: Considering that variables such as gender daily study time some learning style domains and inclination toward lifelong learning may be associated with selfesteem to improve students selfesteem in the line with enhancing their academic performance appropriate planning should be undertaken considering these factors Moreover further studies are necessary in this regard to gain more understanding of these factors


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