First Advisor

Mary K. Kinnick

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership


Educational Leadership and Policy




College teachers -- Saudi Arabia -- Rating of



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4, xi, 255 leaves: ill. 28 cm.


The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of the current requirements of teacher evaluation at Saudi Arabian universities and to develop a teacher evaluation program that would fit the current need and support Saudi social and religious values. The site of the study was Ring Abdulaziz University (R.A.U.) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Population of the study included a random sample of senior students and faculty from the Women's Section of the university. Of 350 surveyed students, 224 responded, and 55 out of 150 surveyed faculty responded. The Dean and the Vice Deans of the Colleges of Science, Medicine, Arts and Literature, and Economics and Administration in the Women's Section were interviewed. The study involved two phases. The first phase was the assessment, for which interviews and surveys were employed. Interviews of top administrators at R.A.U.'s Women's section had two aims: to get top administrators' views of the current requirements of teacher evaluation at K.A.U., and to define the need for employing a formal system of teacher evaluation. The faculty survey sought faculty members' views on the methods of instructor evaluation currently employed and their preferences regarding a wide range of instructional evaluation techniques. The student survey sought to ascertain students' wishes to improve the process of learning by participating in teacher evaluation. Development of a proposed teacher evaluation program followed an analysis of the interviews and surveys. The second phase of the study was the field review. The proposed teacher evaluation program was reviewed by a selected sample of 13 top administrators at K.A.U. in both the Men's and Women's sections and by two top administrators in both King Saud University and King Faisal University. Field reviewers were asked about program clarity and the feasibility of its employment. Findings from phase one, the assessment, indicated the need for a formal evaluation system to replace the currently employed practice of teacher evaluation. This finding led to the development of a teacher evaluation program that takes into account the felt need of students to participate in the evaluation process without fear of any kind of reprisal from faculty and the desire of faculty not to have their status within the university system compromised by such a process. Findings of phase two, the field review of the program, resulted in a revised and final version of the program. The final teacher evaluation program contains three major components: (1) campus orientation, designed to acquaint faculty and students with the program and help them to understand its purpose and adjust to its employment; (2) students' rating, which includes a questionnaire to be used by students to evaluate instruction, along with various options for administering the questionnaire; and (3) data analysis, interpretation and improvement strategies.


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