Medical and Dentistry Students' Perceptions of Self directed Learning and its Relationship with Personal Traits


Mohammad Ali Nadi 1 , * , Alireza yosefy 1 , Tahereh Changiz 1

1 Iran

How to Cite: Nadi M A , yosefy A , Changiz T . Medical and Dentistry Students' Perceptions of Self directed Learning and its Relationship with Personal Traits, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2011 ; 8(2):e59753.


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 8 (2); e59753
Published Online: January 15, 2012
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 08, 2017
Accepted: October 20, 2011




Background & objective: Self directed learning is increasingly used in dentistry and medical
programs in order to improve students’ lifelong learning skills. Since there are a limited number of
studies about self directed learning in Iran, any research on students' readiness for self-directed
learning seems necessary. This study was aimed to explore Medical and Dentistry students'
perceptions of self directed learning and its relationship with students’ personal traits (age, gender,
high school and university grade point averages and score of basic sciences program).
Methods: In this descriptive-correlation study, 81 extern intern completed the standard self directed
learning scale consisted of 40 items in 3 subscales. Students’ scores in the applied scale and basic
sciences program together with the average and mean of all past terms scores were considered as
indices for academic achievement. One way ANOVA, Pearson correlation coefficient, multiple
regression were used for analyzing data.
Results: Self-directed learning readiness showed a significant relationship with students’ grade
point average, but a negative relationship with basic sciences score (p<0/0001). In addition there
was no significant difference between Self-directed learning readiness scores and demographic
features (p<0/05).
Conclusion: According to the obtained results, students’ readiness for self directed learning can be
predicted based on their basic sciences score and grade point average.


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