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Health education (Secondary)--Saudi Arabia.; Health education (Secondary); Saudi Arabia;


The purpose of this study was to describe the health interests and preferred health education teaching methodologies of selected ninth grade male students in Riyadh City, Saudi Arabia.

The review of the literature indicated the importance of taking students' interests into consideration in designing effective and meaningful health education programs. It is hoped that the results of this study will help Saudi authorities develop a health education program that effectively responds to the students' health interests and one that is delivered in the most meaningful fashion to them.

The sample for this study consisted of 250 ninth grade male students from five schools in Riyadh City. A questionnaire consisting of 67 health statements covering 10 health areas and eight statements related to preferred teaching methods was developed. These 75 statements were followed by four options ranging from "very interested" to "not at all interested." The students were asked to rate their degree of interest by selecting one option for each statement. Mean scores and percentages were used to describe the results.

The results showed that the students indicated a relatively high interest in learning more about all of the health statements, however, based on their choice of the first and second options, i.e., "very interested" and "interested," the students expressed greatest interest in the area of safety education followed by mental health; weight control, rest, and exercise; environmental, community, and consumer health; nutrition; diseases; dental health; personal care; alcohol, drug use, and smoking; and finally, they expressed an interest in learning more about the structure and function of the human body.

In the section on preferred teaching methodologies, students selected computer activities as the method they most highly preferred followed by class discussions, health-related games, watching scientific films, listening to a lecture, creative writing about health topics, and reading a textbook. The method they were least interested in involved the use of guest speakers.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Health, Recreation, and Community Services


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services

First Advisor

Dennis Cryer


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