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Investigating the Effectiveness of Using Blended Learning on Grade Ten (16-year-old) ESL Learners' Lexical Range and Accuracy
(The British University in Dubai (BUiD), 2023-12) KAMEL, MOHAMED HASSAN MOHAMED; Dr Emad A. S. Abu-Ayyash
The digital age has revolutionised the landscape of education, prompting a shift from traditional teaching methods to innovative approaches. This dissertation delves into the transformative potential of blended learning, focusing on its impact on the vocabulary range and accuracy of grade 10 students. The central objective of this study was to meticulously explore how blended learning influences students' vocabulary skills and their perceptions towards this blended educational model. Employing a comprehensive mixed-methods approach, this research integrated quantitative and qualitative data collection methods. Two sets of pre- and post-tests were administered, allowing for a quantitative assessment of the students' vocabulary acquisition. Furthermore, qualitative insights were gathered through in-depth interviews, providing a nuanced understanding of the students' attitudes and experiences with blended learning. The outcomes of this study revealed compelling evidence in favour of blended learning. The students engaged in blended learning activities exhibited a substantial improvement in their vocabulary range and accuracy compared to their counterparts exposed to traditional teaching methods. Moreover, the qualitative findings illuminated the positive attitudes students held towards blended learning, emphasising its interactive and engaging nature. This research has significant implications for both educators and curriculum designers. For educators, the study serves as a valuable guidepost, showcasing the effectiveness of blended learning in enhancing students' vocabulary skills. By integrating blended learning strategies, educators can create dynamic learning environments that cater to diverse learning styles, fostering improved vocabulary acquisition among students. Curriculum designers can draw upon these findings to develop innovative and adaptive curricula, aligning educational objectives with the interactive potential of blended learning. In essence, this dissertation not only contributes empirical evidence to the discourse on blended learning, but also underscores its potential as a catalyst for educational advancement. By embracing the insights presented in this study, educators and curriculum designers are empowered to reshape the educational landscape, ensuring a more engaging and effective learning experience for students.
Reusing Minarets as a Passive Cooling (Wind Catcher/Solar Chimney): A Case Study in the Emirate of Sharjah
(The British University in Dubai (BUiD), 2023-04-28) ABDALLA, TALIB ABDALLA ALI; Dr Hanan Taleb
The number of mosques in the United Arab Emirates exceeds 9,000 mosques, including approximately 3,000 mosques in the Emirate of Sharjah alone. The minaret accompanies the design of each mosque, which is equivalent to the number of mosques, and more, since some mosque designs have more than one minaret. In this research, the idea of repurposing minarets or adding new uses to them is studied, such as using minarets as a passive cooling method, such as using them as wind catchers/solar chimneys that contribute to the process of directing the wind to the prayer hall and work to increase thermal comfort through environmentally friendly passive cooling methods. The Luqman Mosque in the Al Tay area in Sharjah was studied as a model for a case study. It was drawn using the IESVE computer simulation program, and then different scenarios were created for the idea of creating a connection between the prayer hall and the minaret by making doors and windows. After that, the opening and closing of windows and doors in each case were studied. One side of the prayer hall and the minaret, in addition to scenarios for opening the windows of the dome and adding a divider in the minaret, divides it into two parts. It should be noted that the number of virtual scenarios reaches 34 designs. The results are then analyzed, conclusions are drawn, and the results are then evaluated. The study revealed the possibility, benefit, and feasibility of the idea of repurposing the minaret in reducing overall energy consumption and the impact of thermal comfort elements such as air temperature, relative humidity, wind movement, mean radiant temperature and CFD in the process of repurposing the minaret.
Augmented Reality Integration for Enhanced English Vocabulary Acquisition among Elementary Students with Special Educational Needs in an American Private School in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Perspectives of Special Education and English Teachers on the Challenges and Potential
(The British University in Dubai (BUiD), 2024-03) ALSHATARAT, SAMAH JEHAD AHMAD; Dr Emad Abu-Ayyash
The current study explores the perspectives of special educational needs (SEN) teachers and English teachers regarding the effectiveness of utilizing augmented reality (AR) in enhancing vocabulary acquisition among elementary students with special educational needs in an American private school in Dubai. The researcher conducted semi-structured interviews with a purposeful sampling that included six English teachers, four special educational needs teachers, and six learning support assistants. As the study follows a qualitative approach, a detailed description of the participants’ perspectives has been provided. The study has attempted to answer the following questions: 1) What are the perceptions of English teachers regarding the effectiveness of augmented reality in enhancing vocabulary acquisition for elementary students with special educational needs?, 2) How do Special Education teachers evaluate the suitability of augmented reality as a tool for supporting vocabulary application among students with diverse learning needs?, 3) What are the identified challenges, if any, in integrating augmented reality for vocabulary development among students with special educational needs, as perceived by both English and Special Education teachers?, and 4) What strategies and recommendations do teachers propose to optimize the use of augmented reality in catering to the individualized vocabulary learning requirements of students with special educational needs in an American private school in Dubai? The study found that integrating AR has shown effectiveness in the retention and application of newly acquired words among students with various special educational needs. Additionally, it has explored the main challenges along with recommendations to strengthen the effectiveness of using AR technology in special education.
Effect of Organisational Foresight Capabilities on Business Survival in the UAE Banking Sector – The Mediating Effect of Innovation
(The British University in Dubai (BUiD), 2024-05) ALQASEM, MURAD MOHAMMAD; Professor Bader Yousef Obeidat
Purpose: This study aims to investigate the effects of organisational foresight capabilities on the survival of businesses within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) banking sector, with explorative and exploitative innovations serving as mediators. Design/ methodology/ approach: The conceptual framework is based on dynamic capability theory and contingency theory. It includes three foresight capabilities: perceiving, prospecting, and probing as antecedents of business survival, which have direct effects and indirect effects via explorative and exploitative innovations. The study employed quantitative methods to examine various hypotheses using primary data collected in July, August, and September 2022 through an adapted well-structured questionnaire. The population included 1914 employees in managerial positions in the UAE banking sector, and the final dataset comprises 388 subjects. Findings: First, explorative innovation has a higher impact on business survival compared to exploitative innovation. Second, explorative innovation and exploitative innovation partially mediate the relationship between perceived organisational foresight capabilities and business survival. Third, explorative innovation and exploitative innovation partially mediate the relationship between prospecting organisational foresight capabilities and business survival. Fourth, explorative innovation and exploitative innovation fully mediate the relationship between probing and business survival. Research limitations/ Implications: First, the study provides theoretically enriching and meaningful insights into organisational foresight capabilities as a new taxonomy by investigating individually its three dimensions (perceiving, prospecting, and probing) in relation to business survival. Second, it captures the distinct influence of innovation by investigating both the explorative and exploitative aspects, which contributes to reducing ambiguity and enhancing comprehension of the innovation concept. Third, the paper offers valuable contextual contribution by introducing new empirical evidence from an area predominantly overlooked, specifically focusing on the UAE. Originality/ value: The importance of this study lies in its focus on integrating organisational foresight, innovation, and business survival. Business survival is rarely investigated, and the results from the UAE are valuable for the empirical understanding of organisational foresight. Keywords: Organisational Foresight, Perceiving, Prospecting, Probing, Explorative Innovation, Exploitative Innovation, Business Survival.
Challenges in Effective Curriculum Implementation: A Study of Leaders and Teachers in a Private School in Dubai
(The British University in Dubai (BUiD), 2023-10) ATALLA, WAEL IBRAHIM; Professor Abdulai Abukari
The process of putting an educational curriculum into practice, which includes delivering the planned instructional content, methodologies, and assessment strategies in a classroom or other educational setting, is referred to as curriculum implementation. It includes converting the aims and objectives of the curriculum into practical learning opportunities, making sure that it is in line with academic standards, and making adjustments for the wide range of needs of the students. In order to implement the curriculum effectively, teachers must work together, assess continuously, and be adaptable to meet changing student requirements. The study was conducted in one of the private schools in Dubai. The aim of the study was to identify the challenges faced by school stakeholders (teachers, MLL, and the SLT) regarding effective curriculum implementation and discussed several approaches that facilitate curriculum reform. The researcher included the findings of some studies that have been done related to the topic. In order to achieve the aim of the study, the qualitative method was used. The study included 17 participants. A questionnaire was sent to 8 teachers and 4 department heads. In addition, 5 members of the senior leadership team were interviewed to compare and contrast the views of the teachers. The replies from the interviews and open-ended questionnaires were interpreted using thematic analysis. It was shown by the study that the department heads and teachers have an excessive amount of work related to curriculum implementation. They face unique difficulties in doing their duties. On the other hand, the senior leadership team is in charge of observing and assessing the curriculum in order to ensure that the teachers are implementing it effectively. The study suggests that educational leaders should be responsible for offering direction, encouragement, and a clear vision for the implementation of the curriculum. In addition, policymakers ought to pass policies that promote effective curriculum implementation and deal with underlying issues.