The Opinions of Academic Members of Ahvaz University of Medical Sciences about the Effective Factors on their Evaluation Score Variations


Mehri Ghafourian-Boroujerdnia 1 , * , Abdolhussein shakurnia 1 , Hossein Elhampour 1

1 Iran

How to Cite: Ghafourian-Boroujerdnia M, shakurnia A, Elhampour H . The Opinions of Academic Members of Ahvaz University of Medical Sciences about the Effective Factors on their Evaluation Score Variations, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2007 ; 3(1):e57855.


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 3 (1); e57855
Published Online: July 01, 2006
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 09, 2017
Accepted: February 20, 2006




Background: Considering the importance of educational processes in our universities, evaluation
of academic members in order to improve their teaching quality is highly necessary. In Education
Development Center of Ahvaz University of Medical Sciences, evaluation of academic members
by students is performed annually through questionnaires and the results are reflected to the
Objective: To determine the opinions of teachers about the effective factors on variations of their
evaluation score during the academic year of 2003-2004 in comparison to the previous year.
Methods: In this descriptive study a researcher-made questionnaire was prepared and distributed
among 130 non- clinical academic members of whom 72% filled and returned the questionnaires.
Data were analyzed by computing frequency, percentage and Chi-square test.
Results: About half of the teachers (52.3%) gained a higher evaluation score in comparison to the
previous year and they believed that the most important factors causing this increase have been
respectively more proficiency in educational program content (46%), considering students’
program level (26%), knowing the results of previous evaluation (23%), participating in medical
education workshops (75%), improvement of educational facilities (71%) and alteration in social
behavior (68%). Among all teachers, 37.4% gained a lower score comparing to the previous year
and according to them frequent holidays during the academic semester (49%), type of course and
its nature (37%) and students dishonesty in evaluating teachers (34%) had been the most important
factors affecting decrease in their evaluation score, while inappropriate class time (91%) had not
been effective in this regard.
Conclusion: In order to improve the quality of educational programs, considering academic
members’ suggestions and trying to resolve educational problems are highly recommended.


Evaluation Mark Opinion Academic Member Ahvaz University of Medical

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