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Title: An analysis of the difficulties involved in introducing western programmes for the training of health care professionals into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Author: Al-Sheikh, E. M.
Awarding Body: University College of Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1995
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This study arose as a result of the author's experiences as Director of Training at the Military Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia when, as a consequence of the hospital's Saudization policies, the emphasis shifted from 'out-of-Kingdom' training on the small scale, to 'in-Kingdom training' on the large scale. This expansion included the inauguration of a wide range of diploma and degree programmes accredited by British and North American universities and professional bodies. The author noted that, during the early stages of their training, the carefully selected Saudi High School graduates experienced unexpected learning difficulties that did not seem to be directly related to any limitations of their spoken or written English. During the first phase of the study, observations, cases studies, and structured interviews led the author to formulate the hypothesis that specific limitations of the trainees' High School education limited their initial progress. It was suggested that these limitations include little, or no prior art or practical training, a concentration on rote learning, poorly developed study skills, and a dependence on theoretical, teacher-centred learning. The hypothesis predicted that significant differences existed between the High School backgrounds of Saudi and North American trainees. The second phase of the study tested this prediction by means of a self-administered questionnaire which sampled the views of a large number of Saudi and North American based trainees and trainers. Statistical analysis of the collected date confirmed that highly significant differences existed between the two trainee samples.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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