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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 166-172

Students evaluating teaching effectiveness process in saudi arabian medical colleges: A comparative study of students' and faculty members perception*


Deanship of Quality and Academic Accreditation, University of Dammam, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

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Ahmed A Al-Kuwaiti
King Fahd Hospital of the University, University of Dammam, P.O. Box 40065, Al Khobar 319 52
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-631X.142513

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Introduction: Students evaluating teaching effectiveness (SETE) is highly topical world-wide, including Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The literature review highlighted the focus of this study, namely, students' and instructors' perception of the SETE process, not SETE data as such. Setting: Medical colleges in seven Governmental universities in KSA. A group of randomly drawn final year students and a group of their teaching faculties were studied. Materials and Methods: A researcher-constructed 26 items questionnaire on 5-point Likert- type scale was used to generate data. Proportion test and Mann-Whitney U-test were used to compare the differences between the perceptions of the two groups. Results: A total of 600 completed questionnaires were retrieved and analyzed. There were statistically significant differences between instructors' and students' perception of SETE. Whereas, students registered disapproval in three of the four areas studied, the pattern of instructors' response was a mirror image of the students'. It showed disapproval in one of four areas. Conclusion: Sample size was satisfactorily fair as compared with other articles with similar research focus. Evidence of objectivity and data authenticity was demonstrated. The differences and similarities between the opinions in the two groups, as well as in the literature, were identified. It can be safely concluded that the findings in this study agreed broadly with others. Future research was also signposted.


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