Survey of Student Views about Factors Affecting Students' Attendance in Classrooms in Sabzevar University of Medical Sciences, Iran

AUTHORS

Elham Azmoudeh 1 , * , Maryam Dolati 2 , Elham Farzadmanesh 3 , Ali Asghar Khosro Abadi 4 , Mohammad Hassan Rakhshani 5

1 Student of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran, Iran

2 Student of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Sabzevar University of Medical Sciences, Sabzevar, Iran, Iran

3 Student of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Sabzevar University of Medical Sciences, Sabzevar, Iran, Iran

4 MSc Health Educator, Department of Health, School of Health, Sabzevar University of Medical Sciences, Sabzevar, Iran, Iran

5 PhD in Biostatistics, Professor, School of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Sabzevar University of Medical Sciences, Sabzevar, Iran, Iran

How to Cite: Azmoudeh E , Dolati M , Farzadmanesh E , Khosro Abadi A A , Rakhshani M H . Survey of Student Views about Factors Affecting Students' Attendance in Classrooms in Sabzevar University of Medical Sciences, Iran, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2013 ; 10(2):e60868.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Strides in Development of Medical Education: 10 (2); e60868
Published Online: May 01, 2013
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 26, 2017
Accepted: March 07, 2012

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Abstract

Background & Objective: Absence of students from the classroom is one of the problems in the medical sciences in recent years. Failure to attend classes disrupts the dynamic teaching-learning environment and causes this environment to become boring and unpleasant. The aim of this study was to evaluate medical students' views on factors affecting their presence in classrooms in Sabzevar University of Medical Sciences. Iran, in 2011.

Methods: 288 students participated in this cross-sectional study. For data collection a questionnaire containing 28 questions in 5 Likert types was used.

Results: 215 female (74.7%) and 73 male students (25.3%) participated in this survey. 79% of participants were single. The highest score was in the area of teacher characteristics (0.13 ± 0.76). The next highest scores were the course features (0.18 ± 0.755), physical environment (0.17 ± 0.747), and the student characteristics (0.14 ± 0.747), respectively.

Conclusion: It can be concluded from the findings of this study that the most important factor involved in the increased attendance in classroom is teacher characteristics, such as the content presented in the classroom or the teacher's interesting speech. Course features or class time are also important. Given this factor, we hope educators and planners improve the teaching and learning process through the increased presence in classrooms.

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Factors Attendance Classroom Student

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