A Study at AGU Discusses the Effect of Davis Strategies on Learning English Words for Students with Learning Disabilitie

A Study at AGU Discusses the Effect of Davis Strategies on Learning English Words for Students with Learning Disabilitie

Learning Disabilities Researcher at the College of Graduate Studies, Arabian Gulf University (AGU), Rana Hatem Buhamad discussed the results of her study on the effect of Davis Strategies on fourth primary grade students with learning disabilities in learning English words.
The master’s thesis recommended the adoption of the word recognition program as a remedial curriculum taught in special education English classes in the first three or four years of primary school. She called for the organisation of training workshops for all groups that deal with students of academic learning disabilities in general, particularly reading disabilities, in addition to increasing awareness among parents and educators regarding learning disabilities in English as a second language.
She said: “It is important to train learning disability specialists to employ modern technology and to constantly stay in contact with centres and institutions of learning disabilities via modern communication means. It is also important to develop training programmes to help students learn to read and build a knowledge base in English words, teaching them to spell before reading phonetically. This, in addition to perusing books, latest publications and translations to review the best skills in reading improvement and word recognition.”
The researcher applied the strategies on 50 English words on a sample of 10 students with disabilities in learning English in the fourth primary grade. Study results revealed statistically significant differences in the performance levels of word recognition skills between the experimental group and the control group in favour of the experimental group. There were also statistically significant differences between the pre-test and the post-test experimental group in favour of the post-test performance; as well as the post-test and follow-up test performance.
The discussion committee consisted of Dr Fathi El-Zayyat, Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Learning Disabilities from Zagazig University as External Examiner, and Dr Abdullah Al-Samadi, Professor of Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology from the Department of Learning Disabilities as Internal Examiner. The research was co-supervised by Dr Nadia Tazi, Associate Professor of Social and Cognitive Psychology and Dr Ahmed Al Yamani, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Teaching Methods at AGU.

Source : agu.edu.bh