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MEDICAL EDUCATION
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 91-95

Developing questionnaires for students' evaluation of individual faculty's teaching skills: A Saudi Arabian pilot study


1 College of Medicine, University of Dammam, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2 Prince Mohamed Research Center, University of Dammam, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
3 Colleges of Medicine & Nursing, University of Dammam, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
4 Quality Management Unit, University of Dammam, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Ammar Hassan
Department of Family and Community Medicine, P O Box 40187, Al-Khobar 31952
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1319-1683.71991

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Background: The National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment is responsible for the academic accreditation of universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Requirements for this include evaluation of teaching effectiveness, evidence-based conclusions, and external benchmarks. Aims: To develop a questionnaire for students' evaluation of the teaching skills of individual instructors and provide a tool for benchmarking. Setting: College of Nursing, University of Dammam [UoD], May-June 2009. Materials and Methods: The original questionnaire was "Monash Questionnaire Series on Teaching (MonQueST) - Clinical Nursing. The UoD modification retained four areas and seven responses, but reduced items from 26 to 20. Outcome measures were factor analysis and Cronbach's alpha coefficient. Results: Seven Nursing courses were studied, viz.: Fundamentals, Medical, Surgical, Psychiatric and Mental Health, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Family and Community Health. Total number of students was 74; missing data ranged from 5 to 27%. The explained variance ranged from 66.9% to 78.7%. The observed Cornbach's α coefficients ranged from 0.78 to 0.93, indicating an exceptionally high reliability. The students in the study were found to be fair and frank in their evaluation.


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