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The Study of English Educational Needs of Students Studying in Isfahan University of Medical Sciences: Students' Perspective

(1395) The Study of English Educational Needs of Students Studying in Isfahan University of Medical Sciences: Students' Perspective. مجله راهبردهای توسعه در آموزش پزشکی.

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Abstract

Introduction: The emergence of ever-growing need for a lingua franca of science and technology has led to the global demand of English for Specific Purposes (ESP). The researcher investigated to what extent the needs in educational context are congruent with the needs in professional context. The students and those who worked in the work place were studying or finished their studies in the fields of medical librarianship, health information technology, medical records and management of healthcare services. The congruity of the needs was discussed from the viewpoints of the graduates working in the hospitals affiliated with Isfahan University of Medical Sciences and university students in 1392-1393. Methods: The population of this applied descriptive survey method included the students of the faculty of Management and Medical Informatics (82) who passed their English courses as well as the graduates from this faculty who were working in the hospital (32). Both groups were selected randomly. Data collection instrument was a researcher-made questionnaire whose validity and reliability had been confirmed. The collected data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics tests. Results: According to the findings of the study, the mean of English educational needs from the students' viewpoints (71.8±10.6) was meaningfully (pvalue<0.001) more than that from the employees' viewpoints (59.7±9.3). Low need and very low need to English knowledge was not mentioned by the students and employees and the need to English knowledge was mentioned beyond average. There was a meaningful relationship between the students' field of study and their English educational needs (pvalue=0.004). Students in the field of medical librarianship mentioned the lowest need to English (65.2±12.6) and the students in the field of management of healthcare services mentioned the highest need to English (77.2±8.5). Conclusion: The findings revealed that the students' needs and the employees' needs had overlap to some extent. Students' needs in the related fields of study were not limited to reading comprehension and the students in different fields of study also mentioned listening, writing and speaking skills as their priorities. They also referred to the urgent need to translate texts from English to Persian. The employees in different fields of study expressed their urgent need to medical terminology in their field of study to work more efficiently. They also referred to the frequent need to translate texts from English to Persian. There must be necessary planning in this regard and the required review and modifications must be done in the English educational curriculum to satisfy the English educational needs of the students and the employees

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Educational Needs, English, Students, Employees, Need Assessment, Para-Medicine.
Subjects: Medical Eucation
Divisions: Research Vice-Chancellor Department > Journal of Development Strategies in Medical Education
Depositing User: مجله راهبردهای توسعه در آموزش پزشکی
URI: http://eprints.hums.ac.ir/id/eprint/3304

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