Nursing and medical students' studying and learning approaches


Abdolhussein Shakurnia ORCID , *

How to Cite: Shakurnia A. Nursing and medical students' studying and learning approaches, Jentashapir J Cell Mol Biol. Online ahead of Print ; 2(4):201-211.


Jentashapir Journal of Health Research: 2 (4); 201-211
Published Online: June 30, 2012
Article Type: Research Article
Received: September 10, 2011
Accepted: January 1, 1970


Background: One important factor in education, particularly in medical education is studying and learning approaches. Considering students' learning styles may change teaching methods in accordance with their learning styles and consequently improve the educational outcome. The aim of this study was to investigate learning styles of medical students in Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences

Material and methods: This descriptive study was performed during the academic year of 2009-2010 in Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences. 182 Nursing and medical students were selected through multi-stage cluster random sampling method as study samples. ASSIA questionnaire was used as the research tool. Data was analyzed by SPSS-15 software using descriptive and inferential statistics.

Results: The most preferable one among medical students were deep approach (40.2%) and nursing students were strategic approach (45%). At the clinical stages, use of deep approach to the study of medical students increased and the surface approach is significantly reduced. There is weakly correlation between GPA and deep and strategic approaches, that was significant only for strategic approach (r=o.161, p=0.033).

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