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ERIC Number: EJ1055955
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0968-4883
Health Science Students' Perception about Research Training Programs Offered in Saudi Universities
Al Kuwaiti, Ahmed; Subbarayalu, Arun Vijay
Quality Assurance in Education: An International Perspective, v23 n2 p196-210 2015
Purpose: The purpose of this paper was to examine the perceptions of students of health sciences on research training programs offered at Saudi universities. Design/methodology/approach: A cross-sectional survey design was adopted to capture the perceptions of health science students about research training programs offered at selected Saudi universities. A criterion-based sampling technique was adopted, and accordingly, 630 students were selected to participate in the study. A pre-tested questionnaire tool titled, "Students Attitude towards Research (SAR) questionnaire ", was used to capture student responses on a five-point Likert scale with respect to three dimensions, namely, extent of research activities offered in their college, involvement of faculty in research and the infrastructural facilities offered by the college for research. The students' attitudes with respect to various components of research training programs were analyzed using mean and cumulative percentage of students satisfied with the training. Multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) was used to study whether there is any significant difference in attitudes among the students belonging to four health science programs of the seven selected universities. Findings: The results of this study demonstrate that only less than 50 per cent of the students from the selected health science colleges are satisfied with the existing research training programs. There are significant differences in the students' attitude toward research training programs offered in seven selected Saudi universities. Originality/value: This is the first Saudi Arabia-based study that provides an alarming signal to educational-policy planners on students' perceptions and attitudes toward research training programs offered in Saudi higher education institutions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia