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Teaching and Learning Experiences of College Students in Saudi Higher Education in the 21st Century


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Author list: Alkathiri M
Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
Publication year: 2020
Volume number: 27
Issue number: 1
Start page: 15
End page: 30
Number of pages: 16
ISSN: 2327-7955
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eISSN: 2327-8749
Languages: English-United States


This study aimed to gather information and insight from college students about their teaching and learning experiences in Saudi higher education in the twenty-first century. Participants (n=470) completed an online questionnaire which compared the main characteristics of teaching and learning in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Education in the twentieth century was characterized as teacher-centered, knowledge-focused, time-slotted, one-size-fits-all, competitive and classroom-based. The current study suggests that students are more likely to appreciate and feel satisfied with the twenty-first century education model, which is student-centered, skills-focused, personalized, practical, collaborative, and project-based. Responses to the questionnaire accentuated the main characteristics of teaching and learning in higher education in Saudi Arabia. Moreover, a Chi-Square Test of Independence helped to examine the relationship between the twentieth and twenty-first century models of education and students’ satisfaction. The results suggested that current teaching and learning practices in Saudi higher education enhanced the twentieth century model of education. The factors that students considered to have major effects on their experiences included professors, educational environment, and curriculum. On the bright side, the results showed that current students were significantly more likely to feel satisfied with their teaching and learning experiences (49.1 percent) than alumni (32.6 percent). This study contributes to the importance of rethinking current teaching and learning practices in Saudi higher education. The current study suggests that universities should ensure that faculty members are capable of effective teaching.


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