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Dental students' preference for teaching strategies in two major dental colleges in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Abstract: Goals. To explore and compare the views and preferences of dental undergraduates on various teaching strategies. method. A questionnaire survey was conducted among 345 male and female dental undergraduates from two major dental schools in Riyadh (Dental College, King s University of Saudi Arabia [KSU] and Riyadh College of Dentistry and pharmacy [rcsdp]). Students preferences for each component of the lecture course were investigated. Descriptive and cross table analysis were used to compare students preferences for each school and gender preferences; Chi square test was used to measure the level of significance (). As a result, most students tend to announce the teaching schedule in advance. Women prefer early classes, while men prefer early classesudents preferred afternoon lectures. Nearly half of the students thought that attending lectures should be mandatory; most of them were from KSU. Most of the students reported preferring a PowerPoint presentation lecture. The students, particularly female students, also preferred to receive lecture handouts and study materials before the session and to have practical demonstrations after the lecture. Conclusion. Teachers should consider students’ opinions when constructing courses because this feedback would have a positive impact on the teaching environment and students’ performance.

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