Midwifery Students’ Self-Directed Learning Readiness


Elham Azmoude 1 , Hossein Karimi Moonaghi 2 , *

1 M.Sc. in Midwifery, Lecturer, Department of Midwifery, Torbat Heidariye University of Medical Sciences, Torbat Heidariye, Iran, Iran

2 Ph.D. in Nursing, Associate Professor, Department of Internal-Surgical Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran, Iran

How to Cite: Azmoude E, Karimi Moonaghi H . Midwifery Students’ Self-Directed Learning Readiness, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2015 ; 12(3):e58718.


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 12 (3); e58718
Published Online: August 28, 2015
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 25, 2017
Accepted: June 18, 2015




Background & Objective: Due to the increasing development of knowledge and constant encountering of new dimensions of modern treatment-care procedures, the ability to use self-directed learning methods is considered as an important professional competency for midwifery students. Thus, evaluation of factors effective on the self-directed learning procedure is of grave importance. The aim of this study was to determine the readiness of midwifery students of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Iran, for self-directed learning and identify its effective factors.

Methods: In this descriptive, analytical study, 170 undergraduate, and master's students in midwifery and PhD students in reproductive health participated. Data gathering instruments included Fisher's Self-Directed Learning Readiness Scale (SDLRS) and the Effective Factors on Self-Directed Learning Inventory. Data were analyzed using SPSS software and descriptive and inferential statistical methods.

Results: The mean age of the participants was 24.03 ± 5.71 years. In addition, 70.7% of students had high scores in SDLRS. There were significant differences in students’ SDLRS scores based on educational degree, age, degree of interest in the educational field, marital status, and occupation (P < 0.05).

Conclusion: The results showed that individuals at risk of low self-directed learning capability can be identified based on degree of interest in their educational field, age, marital status, and occupation.


Self-directed learning Self-management Self-control Desire for learning Midwifery student

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