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Journal:   JOURNAL OF MEDICAL EDUCATION   FALL 2006 , Volume 10 , Number 1; Page(s) 3 To 10.
 
Paper: 

QUALITY GAP OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES IN VIEWPOINTS OF STUDENTS IN HORMOZGAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES

 
 
Author(s):  AGHA MOULAEI T.*, ZARE SH., ABEDINI SAMIREH
 
* DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH, SCHOOL OF HEALTH, HORMOZGAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, BANDAR ABBAS, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Background and Purpose: Higher education is growing fast and every day it becomes more and more exposed to globalization processes. The aim of this study was to determine the quality gap of educational services by using a modified SERVQUAL instrument among students in Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences.

Methods: In this cross-sectional study, a total of 300 students were randomly selected from all students of Hormozgan University of Medical Science and were asked to fill a questionnaire that was designed According to SERVQUAL method. This questionnaire measures students' perceptions and expectations in five dimensions of service that consists of assurance, responsiveness, empathy, reliability and tangibles. The quality gap of educational services was determined based on differences between students' perceptions and expectations.

Results: The results demonstrated that in all of the five SERVQUAL dimensions, there was a negative quality gap. The least and the most negative quality gap mean were in reliability (-0.71) and responsiveness (-1.14) respectively. Also there were significant differences between perceptions and. expectations of students in all of the five SERVQUAL dimensions (p<0.001).
Conclusion: Negative quality gap means students' expectations are more than their perceptions. So improvements are needed across all of the five dimensions.

 
Keyword(s): QUALITY GAP, EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, STUDENT, BANDAR ABBAS
 
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