Waqas Mahmud, Mustafa Haroon, Ahmed Munir, Omar Hyder.
Self-directed Learning and Research Attitudes Among Medical Students.
J Coll Physicians Surg Pak Jan ;24(3):173-7.

Objective: To describe the correlation between Self-directed Learning (SDL) and medical students' attitude towards research, based on the premise that self-directed learners are independent, motivated, and curious learners. Study Design: Observational cross-sectional study. Place and Duration of Study: Rawalpindi Medical College, Rawalpindi, from August 2011 to January 2012. Methodology: One hundred and ninety-four students of final (5th) year class at Rawalpindi Medical College, Rawalpindi participated in this cross-sectional study. SDL ability of students was measured using Oddi’s Continuing Learning Inventory (OCLI) whereas Attitude Towards Research (ATR) scale was used to measure their research attitudes. Spearman's rank-order analysis was performed to measure correlation between SDL scores on OCLI and all the 18 items on ATR scale. Results: Statistically significant relationships with correlation coefficients ranging from +0.12 to +0.32 were found for the correlation between scores on the OCLI and eleven statements highlighting research use and positive attributes of research (14 items). Those students who participated in extra-curricular research projects (n=58, 29.9%) had relatively higher scores on OCLI as compared to those who did not participate (n=136, 70.1%, p=0.041). Conclusion: Self-directed learners show a positive attitude towards research, though the relationship is not strong.

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