The Concept of Educational Achievement and its Effective Factors according to the Overseas Graduates’ Point of View: a Qualitative Study


Rahele Zareshahi 1 , Elham Talebian 1 , Mahmoud Reza Dehghani 1 , Ali Akbar Haghdoost 1 , * , Elham Pourkhandani 1 , Ali Pourkhandani 1 , Azam Bazrafshan 1 , Shima Vaziri Nasab 1 , Pardis Sasani 1 , Azam Shamsadini 1

1 Iran

How to Cite: Zareshahi R , Talebian E , Dehghani M R , Haghdoost A A, Pourkhandani E , et al. The Concept of Educational Achievement and its Effective Factors according to the Overseas Graduates’ Point of View: a Qualitative Study, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2010 ; 6(2):e60709.


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 6 (2); e60709
Published Online: January 15, 2010
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 22, 2017
Accepted: October 13, 2009




Background & Objective: The importance of dispatching students to foreign countries to continue
education is so obvious that even developed countries are not needless of that. Hence, this study
was conducted to evaluate the opinion of overseas graduates, who were on a scholarship, about the
meaning and concepts of educational achievement and its effective factors.
Methods: In this qualitative study, 11 faculty members of Kerman University of Medical Sciences
who have been graduated from foreign universities participated. They were inquired into their
opinions about assessment criteria of educational achievement and its effective factors using an
open interview.
Results: Among the most important concepts of educational achievement regarding education
quantity, attending seminars and conferences can be pointed out. The efficiency of learned
materials and learning professional scientific topics are important considering education quality
and learning extra topics, respectively. The interviewees also believed that personal factors
including personality, family, economic affairs, having professional knowledge in the field of
study, necessary skills in the language of the target university and its status especially tutors, topic
and field of research were also substantial.
Conclusion: Our findings suggest that concepts of academic achievement are vast and one cannot
be considered successful assessing only one or some criteria. Hence, duration of study, the amount
of scientific products and their quality, the amount of scientific connections and the application of
learned topics by the learner are to be noted.


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