Online Professional Development for Early Childhood Teachers (78040)

Session Information: Curriculum Design & Professional Development
Session Chair: Kevin Visconti

Wednesday, 27 March 2024 11:10
Session: Session 2
Room: Room 609
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

The global prevalence of reading difficulties (RDs), estimated at 10%, has raised concerns, particularly regarding the preparedness of Early Childhood Teachers (ECTs) in the UAE for inclusive settings. This study aimed to provide ECTs with reading knowledge and skills through an Online Professional Development (OPD) initiative, specifically utilizing the MindPlay Comprehensive Reading Course. The 48 participants, comprising ECTs from Abu Dhabi and Dubai, displayed significant improvement across key reading areas, doubling their scores from pre- to post-intervention. Noteworthy modules covered in the program included phonological awareness, spelling development, phonics fundamentals, advanced phonics, fluency, grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. The efficacy of the MindPlay Comprehensive Reading Course was further underscored by a positive correlation between participants' performances in the pre-and post-intervention phases, showcasing a considerable positive impact on comprehensive reading test scores. Participants' perceptions of the training were overwhelmingly positive, with commendations for engaging content, relevance, and overall satisfaction with the program. Open-ended responses highlighted the value participants placed on the comprehensive coverage, flexible online format, and their commitment to applying evidence-based methods. This study emphasizes practical and research implications, advocating for the adoption of OPD programs like MindPlay to enhance teacher readiness in addressing RDs and cultivating inclusive learning environments. The positive outcomes and unwavering commitment of participants underscore the pivotal role of such initiatives in reinforcing education and literacy support for students with RDs. The research also urges further exploration of the impact of OPD on educators' knowledge and skills, advocating for continued scientific research in this field.

Bashir Abu Hamour, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Hanan Al Hmouz, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, United Arab Emirates
Amer Abu-Hamour, Emirates Schools Establishment, United Arab Emirates

About the Presenter(s)
Professor Bashir Abu Hamour is a University Professor/Principal Lecturer at Zayed University in United Arab Emirates

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