Cihan University-Erbil Conferences, 4th International Conference on Biological & Health Sciences (CIC-BIOHS’2022)

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SOCIAL COMPETENCE, A PREDICTOR OF ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT; A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF PRE-CLINICAL STUDENTS IN STATE OWNED AND PRIVATE MEDICAL SCHOOLS
Shemaila Saleem, Tamkeen Saleem, Mohd Ashraf Thoker

Last modified: 2022-08-30

Abstract


Objective: To investigate differences on Social Competence and Academic Achievement between medical students from state owned and private medical institutes. To examine social competence as a predictor of academic achievement.Materials & Methods: A sample of 400 pre-clinical medical students (n= 200 males and n=200 females) with age range 17-20 years participated in the study. The data was collected from the medical schools of Islamabad & Rawalpindi. The study variables were measured via demographic data sheet, Student grades, and Youth Social Competence Scale. The results were analyzed through descriptive, t-test and regression analysis in SPSS 21.Results: In a sample of 400 medical students from state owned and private medical schools 50% respondents were males and 50% were female students. The respondents represented different years of medical school, 46% from first year, 38.5% from second year and 15.5% from third year. Results through t-test revealed that students from state owned medical schools had higher social competence and academic achievement as compared to students from private medical institutes. Regression analysis indicated that social competence is a significant predictor of academic achievement.Conclusion: Social competence can facilitate performance outcomes in medical students. Therefore, encouraging positive social interactions and skills with the peers and teachers can be an incentive for academic achievement.

Keywords— Academic Achievement, Social Competence, , State owned and private medical schools.

 

DOI: http://doi.org/10.24086/biohs2022/paper.720


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