Egyptian Teachers' Awareness of Gifted Student Characteristics: A Descriptive Study

Egyptian Teachers' Awareness of Gifted Student Characteristics: A Descriptive Study

Author: 
Wafaa Abdel Kader
Program of study: 
Ed.D.
Abstract: 
This quantitative descriptive study involved describing Egyptian teachers’ awareness of gifted student characteristics. The purpose of the study was also to investigate the difference in the total awareness scores between teachers who participated in the Technology for Improved Learning Outcomes (TILO) training on effective teaching methods and teachers who did not participate in the training. The grouping variable was the teacher’s participation in the TILO training on effective teaching methods, and the criterion variable was the teachers’ awareness of gifted student characteristics as illustrated by their answers to the Characteristics of Gifted Student Questionnaire. The study involved calculating the frequency, percentage, and mean value and using them to describe Egyptian teachers’ awareness of gifted student characteristics. The statistical analysis determined that about 75% of Egyptian teachers were not completely aware of gifted student characteristics. Calculating the independent sample t test helped to investigate the difference in the total awareness scores between teachers who participated in the TILO training on effective teaching methods and teachers who did not participate in the TILO training. A significant difference emerged between the total awareness scores for teachers who participated in the TILO training on effective teaching methods and teachers who did not participate in the training.
Dedication: 
The achievement of this research is devoted to my family, best friend, and the soul of my mother for their love and support. My family’s love and support made it possible for me to fulfill my lifelong dream and achieve my doctoral education. My mother inspired me to believe in my strengths and ability to do anything I want to achieve in life. Her soul and spirit were the candle that enlightened my learning journey and reminded me that everything is possible. My beloved husband Ashraf provided me with the time, care, and support that I needed to fulfill my dream. He sacrificed hours and days of our special time to listen to my challenges and encourage me to finish my course load and work on my dissertation. His continued constructive feedback on my work was extremely valuable. He is a strong advocate for females’ right for education and work, and I am proud to be his wife. My nieces Mena and Habiba gave me the inspiration to fulfill my educational dream to be a role model for them to understand that everything is possible to achieve. My best friend and life companion Hoda was a main source of comfort and encouragement; she helped me to stay focused on my goals. I will always remember her support, unconditional care, and love during my trip to attend the University of Phoenix Year 1 residency
Acknowledgements: 
A special acknowledgment goes to my chairperson and mentor Dr. Arfe Ozcan. Dr. Ozcan agreed to serve as the chair of my committee at a time I was feeling desperate for a meaningful support and clear communication that would help me to proceed with my proposal. Dr. Ozcan’s great leadership, clear communication, strong research experience, and friendly attitude provided me with the guidance and support I needed to complete my dissertation and overcome the delay I had with my previous chair. I also want to acknowledge Dr. Melissa Holmberg and Dr. Sushil Jindal for their great feedback, guidance, and advice. Dr. Holmberg, I enjoyed being in your class twice and I very much enjoyed working with you on my dissertation. You are a great educator and motivator. Dr. Holmberg’s thorough feedback helped me to improve my dissertation, and her extremely valuable language feedback allowed me to develop my scholarly writing, which is a skill that will stay with me for a lifetime. Dr. Jindal, your first feedback on the structure and the organization of the proposal was very much needed, it helped me to create a skeleton that I continued to use to build my dissertation. I want to thank all of my colleagues and cohort classmates, Jeremy Lowe, Andrea Uhle, and Colleen Royale, for their academic and emotional care. I also want to extend an acknowledgment to Lamyaa El Basel, Manal Mahmoud, Ahmed Mosy, and Mohsen Megahed for helping me to make the arrangement to have access to the participants. Your help made it possible for me to have this research done, and without your help, I would not have been able to do it