Measures of educational environment in a higher educational institution using Dundee ready educational environment measure - DREEM

Abdus Salam, Ashfaq Akram, Nabishah Mohamad, Harlina Halizah Siraj @ Ramli

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Background: Understanding of educational environment is very important to determine the strength and weakness of a curriculum in order to further improvement of an educational institution. This paper reports final year medical students' perceptions on educational environment in a Malaysian medical school. Methods: This was a cross-sectional questionnaire survey conducted at the Medical Faculty of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Data was collected using -DREEM, an internationally validated instrument which was administered to all 250 final year medical students of UKM Medical School in 2011. The DREEM contained 50 items under five sub-domains with 0-4 rating scale giving a maximum score of 200. Results: Of 250 samples, 193 responded accurately giving a response rate of 77.20%, of which 70% were female and 30% were male. Mean rating of total score was 131/200 and for five sub-domains: "students' perceptions of learning", "students' perceptions of teacher", "students' academic self perception", "students' perceptions of atmosphere" and "students' social self perception" were 33/48, 29/44, 22/32, 30/48 and 18/28 respectively. The findings reflects UKM medical faculty as more positive and the curriculum as student centered. Students perceived that teachers were knowledgeable at UKM and encouraged students to be a good learner. However, students also felt that teachers get angry and students irritate teachers. Conclusions: The DREEM is a useful diagnostic tool. Appropriate faculty development program can overcome the problems of angry teachers. Continued studies utilizing DREEM is recommended to measure and monitor the educational environment in higher educational institutions aimed to ensure a more effective curriculum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-102
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Medical Journal
Volume22
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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  • DREEM
  • Educational environment
  • Higher educational institution
  • Measures

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Measures of educational environment in a higher educational institution using Dundee ready educational environment measure - DREEM. / Salam, Abdus; Akram, Ashfaq; Mohamad, Nabishah; Siraj @ Ramli, Harlina Halizah.

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