Scholar perspectives regarding class culture in Shahrekord university of medical sciences


Masoumeh Delaram 1 , *

1 Assistant Professor Department of Midwifery, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran.

How to Cite: Delaram M. Scholar perspectives regarding class culture in Shahrekord university of medical sciences, Hormozgan Med J. 2010 ; 14(3):e88581.


Hormozgan Medical Journal: 14 (3); e88581
Published Online: September 19, 2010
Article Type: Research Article
Received: December 16, 2009
Accepted: September 19, 2010


Introduction: Recognizing students' conceptions and feelings regarding class culture and
revealing class members' relationship are important for planning and making positive
changes. This study was carried out to determine students’ views regarding the class culture
in Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences.
Methods: In this descriptive and analytical study, 330 university senior students in medicine,
nursing and midwifery, health and paramedical fields, were investigated. The questionnaire of
class culture (Stephen Robins) was used to gather the data. It included demographic
information questions and also questions about different aspects of class culture using 5 point
Likert scale. For data analysis, we used descriptive statistics, also Chi square test was applied
for determining the relationship between the variables.
Results: Most of the students (59%) gave a score between 20 to 29 to the current class
culture and 27% gave the score 30 and higher. The students believed that their classmates and
teachers are not friendly and supportive. They mentioned that the teachers do not state their
expectations clearly and do not foster a challenging learning atmosphere to encourage students
for making questions. A significant correlation was observed between class culture and year of
study. The students of two - year program study, showed positive attitudes to class culture
Conclusion: In the viewpoints of most medical students, class culture was borderline.
More interactions between faculty members and students and using student-centered
methods are recommended which can lead to more relationship between faculty members
and students as well as between students. This will establish a friendly open culture in the



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