Academic experience satisfaction of pharmacy and dentistry students

Authors

  • Julia Lucio Bueno São Paulo State University (UNESP), Campus (Araraquara), Brazil https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3081-2785
  • Lucas Arrais de Campos Tampere University, Finland & São Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil & Tampere University Hospital, Finland https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1514-5758
  • Timo Peltomäki Tampere University, Finland & University of Eastern Finland, Finland & Tampere University Hospital, Finland & Kuopio University Hospital, Finland https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7938-1701
  • João Marôco University Institute of Psychological, Social, and Life Sciences (ISPA), Lisbon, Portugal https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9214-5378
  • Juliana Alvares Duarte Bonini Campos São Paulo State University (UNESP), Campus (Araraquara), Brazil https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7123-5585

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2022.221.503514

Keywords:

Academic experience, Student, Validation study

Abstract

Objective: To assess the psychometric properties of the Academic Experience Satisfaction Scale (ESEA) applied to Pharmacy and Dentistry students and investigate the effect of demographic and course-related characteristics on the ESEA factors.

Methods: This was a cross-sectional study. Academic satisfaction was assessed by the ESEA. Construct validity was measured by confirmatory factor analysis (CFI, TLI, RMSEA). The composite reliability (CR) and the ordinal α were estimated. Structural model was elaborated considering demographic and course-related characteristics as the independent variable and ESEA factors as the dependent variables. The model fit and path estimates significance (β) were evaluated (z test; α = 5%).

Results: 544 students participated in the study (70.0% female; mean age: 21.4 ± 2.4 years; 52.4% dental students). ESEA showed adequate fit to the data (CFI = 0.90; TLI = 0.90; RMSEA = 0.064, CR and α ≥ 0.88). In general, students reported being satisfied with their academic experience. Dental students and those from the first and second years of the course showed greater satisfaction with the academic experience. Sex did not have a significant impact on any of the scale's factors.

Conclusion: ESEA produced valid and reliable data. Course-related characteristics, but not demographic characteristics, significantly affected the academic experience of students.

Author Biographies

Julia Lucio Bueno, São Paulo State University (UNESP), Campus (Araraquara), Brazil

School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Lucas Arrais de Campos, Tampere University, Finland & São Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil & Tampere University Hospital, Finland

Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology & School of Dentistry

Timo Peltomäki, Tampere University, Finland & University of Eastern Finland, Finland & Tampere University Hospital, Finland & Kuopio University Hospital, Finland

Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology & Faculty of Health Sciences, Institute of Dentistry & Department of Ear and Oral Diseases & Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases

João Marôco, University Institute of Psychological, Social, and Life Sciences (ISPA), Lisbon, Portugal

William James Center for Research (WJCR)

Juliana Alvares Duarte Bonini Campos, São Paulo State University (UNESP), Campus (Araraquara), Brazil

School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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2022-05-31

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Bueno, J. L., Campos, L. A. de, Peltomäki, T., Marôco, J., & Alvares Duarte Bonini Campos, J. (2022). Academic experience satisfaction of pharmacy and dentistry students. Pharmacy Education, 22(1), p. 503–514. https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2022.221.503514

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