Department: Doctor of Education/ Doctor of Philosophy in Education
Module Description: This module will be offered on weekly bases in a lecture/interactive seminar mode. The module will consist of a series of weekly lecture/seminar sessions which will introduce basic concepts related to education of children with exceptional learning needs. These sessions will be based on general issues involved in their education and programme design for students with exceptional learning needs in and outside of inclusive settings. In addition, students will explore issues which are relevant in their thesis area through small group/individual tutorials which will include the presentation and development of educational plans supported by related literature. The following issues will form the spine of the syllabus and at all stages there will be a strong emphasis on research and critical analysis.
Depending on the area of examination, the suggested 4 core reading are for the 4 main categories SEBD, ASD, Dyslexia and specific learning disabilities, and the education of the gifted and talented respectively:
Davis, G. A. (2007). Outlines & highlights for education of the gifted and talented. US: Academic Internet Publishers.
Davis, G. A. & Rimm, S. (2018). Education of gifted and talented. 7th edn. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Farrell, M. (2011). The effective teacher’s guide to behavioural, emotional and social difficulties: practical strategies. 2nd edn. Oxon: Routledge.
Stowe, C. (2000). How to reach and teach children and teens with dyslexia: a parent and teacher guide to helping students of all ages academically, socially, and emotionally. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Winebrenner, S. & Espeland, P. (2005). Teaching kids with learning difficulties in the regular classroom: ways to challenge & motivate struggling students to achieve proficiency with required standards. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Press.
Zager, D. (2017). Autism spectrum disorders: identification, education, and treatment. 4th edn. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Alborno, N. & Gaad, E. (2012). Employment of young adults with disabilities in Dubai: a case study. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, vol. 9 (2), pp. 103-111.
Alborno, N. & Gaad, E. (2014). ‘Index for inclusion’: a frame work for school review in the UAE. British Journal of Special Education, vol.41 (3), pp.232-248.
Almotairi, M. & Gaad, E. (2014). Attitudes of Kuwaiti teachers and head teachers towards persons with disabilities and their inclusion in mainstream Government schools. Ain Shams University Educational Journal, vol. 15. Request PDF
Al-Sinani, Y., Benn, T., Al-Ansari, M. & Gaad, E. (2013). Exploring provision and practice of physical education and gender equity across four Arab Gulf countries. International Sports Studies, vol. 35(2), pp 3 - 21. Request PDF
Arif, M. & Gaad, E. (2008). Special needs education in the UAE: a systems perspective. Journal for Research in Special Educational Needs, vol. 8(2), pp. 111–117.
Ayers, H., Clarke, D. & Murray, A. (2000). Perspectives on behaviour: a practical guide to effective interventions for teachers. 2nd edn. London: David Fulton.
Babbage, R., Byers, R. & Redding, H. (1999). Approaches to teaching and learning. London: David Fulton.
Benn, T., Gaad, E., AlSenani, M. & Alansari, Y. (2013). Exploring the effects of contexts of provision and practice for girls and women in physical education in the GCC Countries. Umm al Qara Curriculums and Supervisions Studies, University of Umm al Qora University, Mekka, KSA accepted and in press for Issue 4, 2013. Request PDF
Buchanan, A. & Hudson, B. (2000). Promoting children’s emotional well-being. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Carpenter, B., Bovair, K. & Ashdown, R. (2001). Enabling access. 2nd edn. London: David Fulton.
Castle, F., Tod, J. & Blamires, M. (1998). Implementing effective practice. London: David Fulton.
Chazan, M., Laing, A.F., Davies, D. & Phillips, R. (1998). Helping socially withdrawn and isolated children and adolescents. London: Cassell.
Collis, M. & Lacey, P. (1996). Interactive approaches to teaching. London: David Fulton.
Cooper, P. (ed.). (1999). Understanding and supporting children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. London: Jessica Kingsley.
Corbett, J. (1996). Bad mouthing: the language of special needs. Bristol: Falmer Press.
Cornwall, J. & Robertson, C. (1999). Physical disabilities and medical conditions. London: David Fulton.
Dale, N. (1996). Working with families of children with special needs: partnership and practice. London: Routledge.
Department for Education and Employment (DfEE). (1997). The SENCO guide: good practice for SENCOs, Individual Education Plan (IEPs): developing SEN policies in schools. London: The Stationary Office, DfEE.
Gaad, E. (2001). Educating children with down syndrome in the United Arab Emirates. British Journal of Special Education, vol. 28(4), pp. 195-203.
Gaad, E. & Thebet, R. (2009). Needs assessment for effective inclusion in United Arab Emirates' Government schools. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social science, vol. 4(6), pp. 158-173. Request item
Gaad, E. (2010). Inclusive education in the Middle East. London, NY: Routledge.
Gaad, E. & Almotairi, M. (2013). Inclusion of student with special needs within Higher education in UAE: issues and challenges. Journal of International Education Research (JIER), vol. 9 (4), pp. 287-292.
Gaad, E. (2014). Assessing the needs of people with disabilities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE. Journal of Education and Vocational Research, vol. 4(10), pp. 331-338. Request item
Gaad, E. (2015). Look who’s coming to school: … The Emirati student voice in an intervention based study on inclusion of learners with intellectual disabilities in Emirati mainstream government schools. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, vol. 15 (2), pp. 130-138.
Gaad, E. (2015). The teacher assistant programme across the UAE: empower to include. Journal of International Education Research, vol.11(1L), pp57-62.
Gaad, E. (2015). Emirati Nationals with disability and challenges related to their education and impact on employment opportunities, International peer-reviewed conference proceeding, Canada International Conference in Education, pp 87-98. Request PDF
Gaad, E. & Thabet, R. (2016). Behaviour support training for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Education and Learning, vol. 5 (1), pp. 133-135. Open resource
Gaad, E. (2017). Three birds with one stone: empower, Include and sustain the Emirati community Kayani Programme. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, vol. 12(1), pp.1-13. Request item
Gaad, E. & Alborno, N. (2017). United Arab Emirates in J. Patton. & M. Wehmeyer (eds). Praeger Handbook of International Special Education, ABC-CLIO.
Gaad E. & Thabet R. (2018). Behavior support training for parents of children with down syndrome, perceptions, feedback, and attitudes. The International Journal of Diverse Identities, vol. 17 (3), pp. 1-16. Request PDF
Gipps, C. (2012). Beyond testing: towards a theory of educational assessment. London: Falmer Press.
Hewett, D. (1998a). Challenging behaviour: principles and practice. London: David Fulton.
Hewett, D. & Nind, M. (eds). (1998b). Interaction in action: reflections on the use of intensive interaction. London: David Fulton.
Jones, G. (2002). Educational provision for children with autism and asperger syndrome. London: David Fulton.
Jordan, R. & Johns, G. (1999). Meeting the needs of children with autistic spectrum disorders. London: David Fulton.
Kamil, M. (eds). (2000). Handbook of reading research. Mahwah, N.J.: Erlbaum Associates.
Kauffman, J.M. (2012). Characteristics of emotional and behavioural disorders of children and youth. 10th edn. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
Kirby, A. (2003). Specific learning difficulties. Oxford: Health Press.
Lawson, H. (1998). Practical record keeping: development and resource material for staff working with pupils with special educational needs. 2nd edn. London: David Fulton.
Maajeeny, O. H. (1990). Gifted and talented learners in the Saudi Arabian regular classroom: a needs assessment. Urbana: University of Illinois.
Ott, P. (1997). How to detect and manage dyslexia. Oxford: Heinemann.
Piirto J. (2007). Talented children and adults: their development and education. 3rd edn. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.
Porter, J & Lacey, P. (2004). Researching learning difficulties: a guide for teachers and professionals. London: Sage.
Reid, G. (2016). Dyslexia: a practitioners handbook. 5th edn. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Rodger, R. (2003). Planning an appropriate curriculum for the under fives. 2nd edn. London: David Fulton.
Siegel, B. (1996). The world of the autistic child: understanding and treating autistic spectrum disorders. New York : Oxford University Press.
Tilstone, C., Lacey, P., Porter, J. & Robertson, C. (2000). Pupils with learning difficulties in mainstream schools. London: David Fulton.
Visser, J. (2000). Managing behaviour in classrooms. London: David Fulton.
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