Assessment of the educational environment in a newly established dental college
واصفات البياناتعرض سجل المادة الكامل
This study was aimed to assess quantitatively and qualitatively the students’ perceptions of teaching environment in a newly established dental school. Materials and Methods: A modifi ed DREEM questionnaire was introduced to all the dental students of fi rst and second year dentistry. Quantitative descriptive questions and openended questions were added to the questionnaire on the reasons why students joined the dental course and their perception of it as well as positive and negative aspects within the college. Results: Out of total thirty four students (97%) returned the completed questionnaire. The overall mean score was 101.39 indicating “more positive than negative environment”. Scores in 4 out of the 5 domains were signifi cantly higher in 1st year students compared to 2nd year students. Most of students had good social life. Students were not satisfi ed with the support system in the college. 73.5% of students chose the course themselves and 47.1% found the course tough while 32.4% found it interesting. Conclusions: It is important to assess the students’ perceptions of educational environment in their fi rst dental years especially in newly established colleges. Special attention should be paid to transition of students from fi rst to second year. It would be interesting to monitor the perception of the same students over years.