international journal of philosophy and social-psychological sciences
Investigating the factors affecting the quality of education in master level of study in Psychology and Educational Sciences Departments, Islamic Azad University, Central Tehran Branch
Mostafa Askaryan, Fereshteh Alizadeh
The objective of the present study was to investigate the factors affecting the quality of education in master level of study in psychology and educational sciences departments in Islamic Azad University, Central Tehran Branch. The study population consists of all 376 third and fourth semester master students studying in educational sciences and psychology departments in Islamic Azad University, Central Tehran Branch in academic year 2011-2012. Based on the Krjesi and Morgan table, 191 of them were selected as sample of study using multi-stage stratified sampling method. This research is a descriptive study that was conducted using survey method. Researcher-made questionnaire was used as tool of the study. In order to measure the validity of tools, views of relevant experts were used and Cronbach alpha coefficient was used to calculate its reliability. To test the hypotheses, binomial test statistical calculations were used. The results of data analysis show that except for bachelor GPA of students as a criterion to study at master level of study, the components of department members’ participation in developing the objectives of department, composition of faculty members (in terms of work experience and scientific rank) and component of research activities (average professional papers and books published) were effective factors in improving the quality from the point of view of population investigated in this study.