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Table 3 Statistical comparison of the scores assigned to each item and each factor by each group of students

From: Motivational component profiles in university students learning histology: a comparative study between genders and different health science curricula

  Medicine vs. dentistry students Medicine vs. pharmacy students Dentistry vs. pharmacy students Medicine vs. dentistry students Medicine vs. pharmacy students Dentistry vs. pharmacy students
1. Intrinsic motivation 03. Learning histology is interesting 0.0002 0.5922 0.0054 0.0000 0.3681 0.0000
17. I am curious about discoveries in histology 0.0000 0.7238 0.0006
01. The histology I learn is relevant to my life 0.1219 0.2172 0.8939
12. Learning histology makes my life more meaningful 0.0080 0.1246 0.0001
19. I enjoy learning histology 0.0000 0.3872 0.0006
2. Career motivation 07. Learning histology will help me get a good job 0.4167 0.1062 0.4431 0.0000 0.0000 0.0001
13. Understanding histology will benefit me in my career 0.0008 0.0000 0.1917
10. Knowing histology will give me a career advantage 0.0033 0.0000 0.0993
25. I will use histology problem-solving skills in my career 0.1091 0.0001 0.0452
23. My career will involve histology 0.0253 0.0000 0.0194
3. Self-determination 22. I study hard to learn histology 0.5548 0.0057 0.0011 0.6183 0.0000 0.0000
16. I prepare well for histology tests and labs 0.1503 0.1346 0.0068
05. I put enough effort into learning histology 0.4562 0.0036 0.0155
11. I spend a lot of time learning histology 0.2837 0.0018 0.0002
06. I use strategies to learn histology well 0.1792 0.0495 0.5744
4. Self-efficacy 18. I believe I can earn a grade of “A” in histology 0.1567 0.0423 0.4716 0.3597 0.2132 0.6927
14. I am confident I will do well on histology labs and projects 0.9061 0.0742 0.1023
15. I believe I can master histology knowledge and skills 0.7239 0.3638 0.1884
21. I am sure I can understand histology 0.0095 0.0463 0.6745
09. I am confident I will do well on histology tests 0.9163 0.1622 0.2041
5. Grade motivation 04. Getting a good histology grade is important to me 0.0151 0.2364 0.0015 0.0037 0.0093 0.0000
08. It is important that I get an “A” in histology 0.0012 0.8137 0.0004
20. I think about the grade I will get in histology 0.0706 0.6620 0.2132
24. Scoring high on histology tests and labs matters to me 0.1216 0.0023 0.1164
  02. I like to do better than other students on histology tests 0.9226 0.0740 0.0870    
  1. All values are p values with Mann-Whitney test. Statistically significant p values are highlighted in bold.