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OBJECTIVE: To assess the perceptions of a class of dental undergraduate students concerning their learning environment in a Nigerian dental school, using the DREEM Inventory.
Methods: This cross-sectional study was among students in the final year class of the School of Dentistry, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria. Data were collected using The Dundee Ready Education Environment Measure (DREEM) questionnaire consisting of 50 items on a five-point Likert scale encompassing five subscales: perceptions of learning, perceptions of teachers, academic self-perceptions, perceptions of atmosphere and social self-perceptions.
RESULTS: The total mean score for DREEM was 105.2±27.2/200. The highest mean score for an item of DREEM questionnaire was for “I am confident about passing this year” (3.48±0.95), while the lowest was for “there is a good support system for students who get stressed” (0.94±1.08). The mean scores of the domains were as follows, perception of learning: 25.7±7.2; perception of teachers: 22.5±7.3; academic-self-perception: 19.5±5.165; perception of educational atmosphere: 22.9±7.5; and social-self-perception: 14.6±4.1.
CONCLUSION: Overall, this sample of dental students assessed the learning environment as more positive than negative but with room for improvement.