Discussion and dialogue methods in teacher education in Saudi Arabia.
This thesis compares two methods of teaching, identified as the `dialogue and
discussion method' and the `lecture method'.
An historical account is given of the Saudi educational system. The two methods
are discussed in terms of the Saudi system and with reference to their theoretical
The research investigates the effect of the use of these methods as shown by
students' academic performance and teaching skills in the teaching practice
The researcher designed an experiment to compare the effects of teaching lessons
in the specific teaching methods courses for three academic subjects with a group
of fourth level students in the college of education at King Faisal University.
After ensuring the best possible equivalence between the groups, the researcher
carried out the experiment with the two groups and applied a post-test to find their
levels of achievement after they have studied using different methods.
Further,t herew as a comparisonb etweent he sameg roupsr elatingt o their
techniquesa nd teachings kills performanced uringt he teachingp ractice
The results show that the lecture method when used on student teachers during
their theoretical training programme produced significantly lower student
achievements. However, there was no significant difference between teaching skills
of student teachers in the two groups, as related by academic supervisors.
The appropriateb alanceb etweend ialoguea nd discussiona ndl ecturem ethodsa nd
the persistenceo f any effectsr emaint o be investigatedF. urthere xperimental
researcheasr e suggestedto includef emalesa nd other studentss ucha s thosei n
medical and military training