Teachers' perceptions on the effectiveness of using Arabic language teaching software in Omani basic education
Fatma Al-Busaidi, Abdullah Al Hashmi, Ali Al Musawi, Ali Kazem, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
IJEDICT Volume 12, Number 2, ISSN 1814-0556 Publisher: Open Campus, The University of the West Indies, West Indies
This study is part of a 3-year strategic research project that aimed to assess the effectiveness of the design and use of new software for learning Arabic language. However, the focus of the current paper is to understand Arabic teacherâs perceptions on how they view the effectiveness of the software that was designed purposely by the projectâs team to facilitate learning of Arabic language at the Omani basic education schools. More specifically, this qualitative study by using two qualitative methods; focus groups interview and semi-structured interview attempted to reflect on the ways in which using software technology is changing the profession of Arabic language teaching and learning by listening to the Arabic teachers voices. Study sample of the focus groups interview consisted of 12 Arabic language female teachers teaching in Muscat basic education cycle's schools. Nine of them have participated in semi-structured interviews. These interviews investigated the effectiveness and obstacles of using the Arabic language teaching software in teaching Arabic language along with the teachersâ perceptions for increasing its effectiveness. Overall findings indicated that teachers perceived the designed software as an effective tool to promote studentsâ learning that deal with their learning difficulties. However, some factors and obstacles that seemed to effect the implementation of this software and some improvement elements were suggested by these teachers to increase the level of the effectiveness of this software.
Al-Busaidi, F., Al Hashmi, A., Al Musawi, A. & Kazem, A. (2016). Teachers' perceptions on the effectiveness of using Arabic language teaching software in Omani basic education. International Journal of Education and Development using ICT, 12(2),. Open Campus, The University of the West Indies, West Indies.
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