Authors

1 Department of Public Health, Health School, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran

2 2Educational Development Center, Virtual school and Medical School, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Research in medical education, Education Development Center (EDC), Guilan University of Medical Sciences (GUMS), Rasht, Iran

4 Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, Nursing and Midwifery School, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

5 Department of Public Health, Health School, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran

Abstract

Introduction: Educational environment is an important determinant ofstudents’ behavior and its elements are associated with academic achievement and course satisfaction. The aim of this study was to determine students’expectations of the ideal educational environment.Methods: This was a qualitative study with content analysis approach. Using a theoretical sampling method, we selected eight students from Health School of Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, studying health education, public health, environmental health, occupational health and medical entomology. To collect data, semi-structured interviews were used and continued until reaching data saturation. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyze the data.Results: Students' expectations of the ideal educational environment emerged in four main themes including school atmosphere, teaching, human aspects (with three subthemes including teachers, students, and school staff) and nonhuman aspects (with two subthemes including educational equipment and physical environment).Conclusion: Educational environment is a multidimensional issue and toachieve an ideal educational environment, educational planners shouldmeet the students' expectations of the school atmosphere, teaching, teachers, students, school staff, educational equipment and physical environment.Keywords: Education, Environment, Students, Qualitative research