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    Investigating High School Science Teachers’ Perceptions and Practices of Science Virtual Laboratories in American Schools in Ajman, UAE
    Despite the positive impact of the virtual lab experimentation, the teachers are not using labs for scientific experiments and investigations effectively in quality and quantity. Even the virtual labs applications are not used regularly or effectively. Thus, this research study aimed at investigating high school science teachers’ perceptions and practices of science virtual laboratories in private schools following US curriculum in the emirate of Ajman in the United Arab Emirates. A mixed method approach was employed to collect qualitative and quantitative data via valid and reliable questionnaire. The study targeted a group of high school science teachers of grades 9-12, teaching biology, chemistry and physics in three American curriculum schools based in Ajman-UAE. Four research questions were crafted to guide the study and achieve the purpose of the study. The research problem stemmed from the acknowledgement of insufficient practical integration of virtual lab in science instruction. The results of the study found out that teachers had adequate knowledge of virtual laboratories; teachers agreed on what they needed to improve their own practices and assured the success of using virtual laboratories in high school science lessons, and schools are required to provide students with sufficient resources. Besides teachers stated that they did not receive appropriate training on how to use and conduct virtual laboratories. Despite the limitations of the current study, its significance lies in being a stepping-stone to start conversations on the matter at hand and motivate further investigation into the effectiveness and methods of integrating virtual laboratories in science classes as a whole. Keywords: virtual lab, Science teachers, perception, practices
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    Perception of students on provisions provided to cycle three students with mental illnesses (anxiety disorder and depression (in public schools in the United Arab Emirates: an expletory study
    (2022-08-01) Jawaher, Alkaabi;
    Anxiety disorders and depression are the most common mental disorders among adolescents. It is well-established that both anxiety disorder and depression negatively impact adolescents’ academic performance, social life, and their general well-being. This study aimed to explore services provided for cycle three students (14-18 yo) in public schools in the United Arab Emirates in terms of mental health and what could be further offered to help in improving students’ mental well-being. Data was collected using a qualitative method in the form of Semi-structured interviews were conducted with current and former students in public schools to explore their perception of anxiety disorder and depression, to assess what is currently on offer for students who are dealing with anxiety disorder and depression, and to discuss what could public schools further offer to Improve their mental health. The results indicated that there is little to no systematic services offered to students with anxiety disorder and depression. Furthermore, the results also showed a few systematic measures that could be taken by public schools to improve students’ wellbeing such as a mental health professional in schools, longer breaks during the school day, allocated times for solitary activities, and more physical education classes.