Medical students’ perceptions of educational environment: A study on DREEM in the faculty of medicine universitas Indonesia in year 2012–2015

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Abstract

Introduction: The positive correlation between medical students’ perceptions of educational environment and their behaviour and success during study has been proven in many studies. Therefore, it is imperative for a medical school to continuously monitor its students’ perceptions of educational environment. The aim of this study is to report undergraduate medical students’ perceptions of educational environment in Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia (FMUI) from 2012-2015. Method: Using the 50-statement Indonesian version of Dundee Ready Education Environment Measure (DREEM) that has been validated, students’ perceptions were quantitatively measured every year. Four-year data were collected and analysed to identify the scores of DREEM and its subscales. The analysis also included Cronbach alpha calculation to further determine DREEM’s reliability. Result: A total of 1407 students participated in DREEM survey. Scores of DREEM and its subscales were relatively consistent (DREEM score between 130–139, out of 200), indicating a quite positive perceptions of students towards their educational environment, with rooms for improvement. An examination of individual item score within DREEM was useful in formulating concrete actions for improvement. For example, the item related to student support system was dramatically improved following the establishment of student support system. The DREEM was proven to be reliable with a Cronbach alpha of 0.92. Conclusion: Medical students’ perceptions of educational environment can be validly measured using DREEM, as a part of a continuous quality assurance process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6774-6777
Number of pages4
JournalAdvanced Science Letters
Volume23
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017

Keywords

  • DREEM
  • Educational environment
  • Learning environment
  • Medical school

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