2 research outputs found

    The effects of serious games and blended learning on students’ achievement in reading

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    Reading is considered one of the main skills that English as a foreign language learner needs to acquire successfully in their studies and lives. Yet, Jordanian learners suffer from a deficiency in reading and their achievement scores show weaknesses in reading. One of the suggested solutions to improve their reading is integrating serious games in the educational process since that serious games have been successfully applied in many disciplines. Still, there is a lack of research that explores the best practice of using serious games in classrooms. Hence, this paper aims to examine the effects of a serious game and blended learning model called lab rotation on students’ achievement in reading. The research design used in this study was the pre-experimental design that was conducted among fifty Jordanian undergraduate students who registered in the “Effective communication skills” subject for semester II, 2017 at Yarmouk University, Jordan. Moreover, a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods was employed in the data collection and analysis processes. The study’s results showed that utilizing a serious game and lab rotation model can improve students’ achievement in reading. Moreover, the study explored how students’ achievement in reading was improved after integrating the serious game and lab rotation model

    Exploring Effective Methods for Identifying Gifted and Talented Students

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    Identifying gifted and talented students is one of the biggest challenges that face those working with them. As a result, the purpose of this research was to investigate the most effective methods of identifying gifted and talented students. Furthermore, the study employed both quantitative and qualitative methods. The study’s sample size was 465 teachers and administrators, and the results revealed that the level of effective identification methods for gifted and talented students from the teachers’ and administrators’ point of view who work with them was moderate. As well, the findings showed statistically significant differences due to the gender variable in favor of males and due to the experience variable in favor of those with more than 10 years of experience. Furthermore, the study recommended using new technologies to identify gifted and talented students, as well as rehabilitating and training teachers and administrators on methods of identifying gifted and talented students, whether before or during their service, and providing them with all the necessary knowledge and practical experiences
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