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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of participants in selected Ethiopian Universities, Northern Ethiopia February 2021 (n = 850)

From: Problem based learning approach increases the academic satisfaction of health science students in Ethiopian universities: a comparative cross sectional study

Background Characteristics Number
PBL (n, %)
n = 425
LBL (n, %)
n = 425
Age
 15–19 45, (10.6)% 46, (10.8)%
 20–24 380, (89.4)% 379, (89.2)%
 Mean + SD 20.8 + (1.1) 20.8 + (1)
Sex
 Female 190, (44.7)% 178, (41.9)%
 Male 235, (55.3)% 247, (58.1)%
Religion
 Orthodox 314, (73.9)% 312,(73.4)%
 Muslim 46, (10.8)% 49,(11.5)%
 Protestant 53, (12.5)% 62, (14.6)%
 Othera 12, (2.8)% 2, (0.5)%
Ethnicity
 Amhara 206, (48.5)% 63, (14.8)%
 Tigray 65, (15.3)% 269, (63.3)%
 Oromo 84, (19.8)% 43, (10.1)%
 Otherb 70, (16.5)% 2, (0.5)%
Department
 Nurse 68,(16.0)% 62, (14.6)%
 Medicine 122, (28.7)% 161, (37.90%
 Midwifery 69, (16.2)% 45,(10.6)%
 Pharmacy 57, (13.4)% 63,(14.8)%
 C. laboratory 61, (14.4)% 57,(13.4)%
 Anesthesia 48, (11.3)% 37,(8.7)%
Year of study
 Second year 241, (56.7)% 139, (44.5)%
 Third year 184, (43.3)% 236, (55.5)%
Mother’s education status
 Cannot read and write 96, (22.6)% 92, (21.6)%
 Can read and write 77, (18.1)% 93, (21.9)%
 Elementary 48, (11.3)% 34, (8.0)%
 Middle school 100,(23.5)% 76, (17.9)%
 College/University 104, (24.5)% 130, (30.6)%
Father’ education status
 Cannot read and write 23, (5.4)% 23, (5.4)%
 Can read and write 68, (16.0)% 73, (17.2)%
 Elementary 69, (16.2)% 66, (15.5)%
 Middle school 102, (24.0)% 95, (22.4)%
 College/University 163, (38.4)% 168, (39.5)%
  1. C. laboratory Clinical laboratory
  2. N.Ba Catholic, Jobbah,
  3. b Guraghe, Somali, Afar, Sidama