Enhancing Student Learning and Achievement via a Direct Instruction-based ICT Integrated in a Kuwaiti 12th-Grade Secondary School Math Curriculum

By Zaid Al-Shammari, Ebtisam Aqeel, Paula Faulkner and Ali Ansari.

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Many educators instruct their classrooms using Informational Communication Technology (ICT) which in recent years has increasingly gained attention. This study was conducted to examine the benefits of teaching critical math points subject with the use of direct math instruction-based ICT. The targeted population was 12th grade female Kuwaiti students in a public high school for girls. A comparison of participants’ math performance was analyzed. The study found that participants’ learning and achievement improved as a result of ICT instruction. It was concluded that both direct instruction approach and ICT are appropriate methods for enhancing students’ learning and achievement in math subjects. Recommendations are provided to the ministry of education and teacher education programs to use effective teaching methods. Future research in Kuwait should be conducted to focus on teaching math using technologies.

Keywords: Student Learning and Achievement, Direct Instruction-based, Informational Communication Technology, Kuwait, 12th Grade Math Curriculum

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 9, pp.339-354. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 860.209KB).

Dr. Zaid Al-Shammari

Associate Professor of Education and Director of Research and Development Office, Education Program, College of Arts and Science, Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait

Zaid N. Al-Shammari is an associate professor of education, and the director of the Research and Development Office at Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST). Dr. Zaid has been responsible for planning and designing many educational programs, course syllabus and standards for the Education Program in GUST. He is a chair of Institutional Review Board (IRB)at GUST. He is a consultant of the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development in the State of Kuwait and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for 2009 and 2011. He was a member of the Quality Assurance Committee for Public Education Sector in the Kuwait Ministry of Education. He is a founder and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Applied Educational Studies and the Journal of Systematic Learning and Teaching. He is a founding inventor of a new established AMLO-analysis model for learning outcomes (www.analysismodel.com). He has been a leading personality in the development of techniques and methods of teaching, and learning in education. He received the Outstanding Service Award for Outstanding Performance as a Vice-President of the International Student Association at Bloomsburg University, and other awards in Kuwait.

Ebtisam Aqeel

Assistant Professor of Education, Curriclum and Instruction Department , College of Basic Education, College of Basic Education, Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, Kuwait, Kuwait

Ebtisam Aqeel is an assistant professor of education at the College of Basic Education, Public Authority for Applied Education and Training in Kuwait.

Paula Faulkner

Assistant Professor, Agriscience Education, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, USA

Dr. Paula E. Faulkner has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&T) since 2007. She received her bachelors and masters degrees in agricultural technology and agricultural education from NCA&T. She has worked with the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service and as a secondary teacher. She completed her doctorate degree in agricultural education and extension from The Pennsylvania State University. She instructs undergraduate and graduate students, conducts research and participates in outreach initiatives. Her research is cited in journals based on teacher education and diversity education. Since 2007, she has generated almost three hundred thousand dollars in federally funded research grants. In addition, to her successful grantsmanship, she has authored and/or co-authored seven refereed journals in the Journal of Agricultural Education, Techniques, and the Agricultural Education Magazine.

Ali Ansari

Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics and Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, Math Department, Gulf University for Science and Technology, Mishrif, Kuwait

Dr. Ali R Ansari is a Professor of Applied Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST). He received his bachelors and masters in Applied Mathematics from the University of Limerick, Ireland. He completed his PhD in Numerical Analysis and Computational Methods also from the University of Limerick. In addition, he has a Graduate Diploma in Management from the University of Limerick. He is currently the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and in the past has held the position of Head of Department of Mathematics & Natural Sciences at GUST. He has over 22 years of teaching and research experience. He has supervised PhDs and worked on grants totaling 1.3million Euros. He is a reviewer and editor for several journals in Applied Mathematics and is an active researcher with over 85 publications.

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