Effective Use of Handheld Technologies with in-Service Science Teachers and Students in the UAE

By Sufian Forawi and Nagib Mahfood Balfakih.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The rapid movement toward the use of palm and handheld devices for communication makes it likely that these particular technologies will play an important role in advancing teacher and student science experiences in the near future. The major purpose of the study is to investigate the effectiveness of the use of sensor probeware technology and guided inquiry in teaching and learning of sciences. To achieve this goal, six in-service science teachers and their 38 students participated in this study during a summer camp in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Science teachers were trained as part of this study to use the sensor probeware technology and guided-inquiry instruction to investigate water quality. Then each group of students investigated water quality at different locations. Qualitative as well as quantitative data were collected from teachers and students. Results indicated that students and teachers had benefited from the use of sensor probeware technology (t- test 13.784 p<.000). Participants showed great interest in conducting science guided-inquiry activities and using the sensor probes.

Keywords: Index Terms- Science & Technology, Sensor Probeware, Guided-inquiry Instruction and Global Science Education

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 7, pp.71-84. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.189MB).

Prof. Sufian Forawi

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, The British University in Dubai, Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Sufian A. Forawi is currently a Senior Lecturer of Science Education in the Faculty of Education at the British University in Dubai. Dr. Sufian obtained a bachelor degree in Biology from the University of Alexandria, Egypt, a master’s degree in Education from Omdurman Islamic University, Sudan, and an Ed.D. in Science Education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Massachusetts, USA in 1996. His area of expertise is in the Nature of Science, Teacher Education and Science Technology. He was recently awarded a Fulbright teaching exchange at the UAE University in 2007-2008. Dr. Sufian has 14 years of science teaching and coordination experience in higher education and 6 years of high school science teaching and administrative experience. He has been a member of several science education organizations such as the National Association of Research on Science Teaching (NARST) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) & the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA). He also presented at the Oxford Round Table in England and at the SLO International Conference in the Netherlands in November 2001. He worked as Chair and Editor of the Science Education Section of the Missouri Academy of Science in 2000 - 2002. He has published widely in peer reviewed journals. He has a strong external grant record, e.g. NSF and Ohio State Department of Education, in the USA.

Dr. Nagib Mahfood Balfakih

Associate Professor of Science Education, Curriculum & Instruction, The United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Balfakih is currently an Associate Professor of Science Education in the College of Education at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain, UAE. Dr. Balfakih obtained a bachelor degree in Chemistry from the United Arab Emirates University, a master’s degree in Education from University of Idaho, USA, and an Ed.D. in Science Education from the same university in 1996. His area of expertise is in the teaching science methods and the integration of technology in science teaching. He is recently awarded the best researcher in his college 2007-2008. Dr. Balfakih has 14 years of science teaching and coordination experience in higher education and 4 years of administrative experience at the higher education. He has been a member of several science education organizations such as the National Association of Research on Science Teaching (NARST) and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) & European Science Education Research Association (ESERA). He has published widely in peer reviewed journals.

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