Measuring student’s perceptions about educational environment and strength of implemented curriculum at Foundation University College of Dentistry by DREEM's inventory
Introduction: Environment is the essence of learning in any institute. It is directly linked to the student’s achievements, satisfaction and success. Curriculum plays an integral role in the outcome of teaching and ensures that the vision of the institute is in line with that of all the stake holders. Hence the main objective of this research was to measure the student perceptions regarding the environment of Foundation University College of dentistry (FUCD) through DREEM inventory.
Material and Methods: A cross sectional descriptive study was conducted in Foundation University College of dentistry (FUCD), for a duration of three months. The DREEM questionnaires were distributed among the students of 1st year, 2nd year and 3rd year BDS, to a total of 150 students. The questionnaires were collected from the students after 30 minutes by the co-investigators. The DREEM inventory comprised of 50 items, subdivided into five groups. The Likert scale 4-0 were used to measure questions in each group where 0 stood for strongly disagree, 1 for disagree, 2 for unsure, 3 for agree and 4 for strongly agree.
Results: The total mean score of DREEM inventory was 128/200 and overall mean was 2.64. The highest mean score was 2.75 for Student’s Self-Perceptions followed by 2.72 of Student's Perception of Atmosphere, 2.64 for Student's Academic Self-Perception, 2.56 for Students Perception of Learning and the lowest one is 2.54 for Students Perception of Teachers.
Conclusions: The educational environment of Foundation University College of Dentistry was found to be more positive than negative. There are areas which require further development and improvement in currently implemented educational environment to enhance students learning.