A Study at AGU Examines Differences in Strategies of Teaching Reading Comprehension to People with Learning Disabilities

A Study at AGU Examines Differences in Strategies of Teaching Reading Comprehension to People with Learning Disabilities

A study at Arabian Gulf University (AGU) examined differences in the strategies used in teaching reading comprehension to individuals with and without learning disabilities at the elementary school level, presented by the researcher Adhari Hamad Al-Khathlan to obtain a master’s degree in Learning Disabilities.
The study sample consisted of fourth grade Arabic language teachers from schools of learning disabilities in which the number of students in one class ranges from 6 to 10, and teachers from schools of no learning disabilities where the number of students in one class ranges between 23 and 30. The research utilised the observation form as a tool for study.
The results of the study showed that there are no significant differences in the strategies used in teaching reading comprehension to fourth grade students with and without learning disabilities in the State of Kuwait.
In light of the results, the researcher presented several recommendations, which included highlighting the role of educational counsellors through intensive courses to introduce them to the characteristics of students of learning disabilities; transferring this culture to all school employees so as to deal with students of learning disabilities in a manner suitable to their level; in addition to training teachers in teaching strategies and qualifying them to review modern strategies in reading comprehension.
The discussion committee consisted of Professor of Curriculum and Teaching Methods, Dr Saeed Al-Yamani as Supervisor and Associate Professor of Learning Disabilities and Early Childhood Dr Mansoor Sayyah as a Co-Supervisor; Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Learning Disabilities from the Faculty of Education at Mansoura University, Egypt, Dr Fathi Mustafa El-Zayat was an external examiner, Professor of Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology in the Department of Learning Disabilities Dr Abdulla Al-Samadi was internal examiner.

Source : agu.edu.bh