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An Empirical Examination of Universities’ Strategies for Supporting Students with Special Learning Disorder in Developing Countries: A Predictive Model Using Mixed-Methods Research

Year 2022, Volume 26, 19 - 27, 13.12.2022
https://doi.org/10.55549/epess.1196824

Abstract

Educational statistics have shown a growing number of students with special educational needs (SEN), such as learning disorders accepted into different university programs; empirical evidence indicates that they still face difficulties in adapting to the learning environment and education process. In contrast, little empirical research in developing countries has tested strategies that universities can adopt to support these students. Nevertheless, our preliminary study revealed that many Egyptian universities remain unprepared to deal with disabled students. This study has taken a further significant step in contributing to both theory and practice and helps address some gaps in the current body of literature through: (a) Providing a deeper understanding of students with SEN, explicitly learning disorder in developing countries. (b) Outlining some supportive strategies needed to be addressed by universities to meet the needs of these students before and during their course study. (c) Developing and validating a mathematical model predicting and examining the perceived effectiveness of these strategies. The current study used mixed methods research (MMR) as a methodological research paradigm for gathering, assessing, and mixing both qualitative and quantitative approaches to enhance the integrity of the research finding and comprehensively understand a research phenomenon. The developed questionnaire was pretested, and feedback from the pretest and the panel of experts was used to revise the survey instrument. The reliability of instruments was assessed and showed high using internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha > 0.8). Multiple regression analysis with its associated statistical inference tests was applied. Based on our findings, the study has made a number of important managerial and academic implications. These findings provide valuable guidance for researchers and practitioners, open areas for future research, and add empirical weight to research addressing developing countries.

References

  • Ahmed, T.T. (2022). An empirical examination of universities’ strategies for supporting students with special learning disorder in developing countries: A predictive model using mixed-methods research. The Eurasia Proceedings of Educational & Social Sciences (EPESS), 26, 19-27.

Details

Primary Language English
Subjects Social
Journal Section Articles
Authors

Tarek Taha AHMED This is me
Pharos University
Egypt

Early Pub Date December 13, 2022
Publication Date December 13, 2022
Published in Issue Year 2022, Volume 26, Issue

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APA Ahmed, T. T. (2022). An Empirical Examination of Universities’ Strategies for Supporting Students with Special Learning Disorder in Developing Countries: A Predictive Model Using Mixed-Methods Research . The Eurasia Proceedings of Educational and Social Sciences , 26 , 19-27 . DOI: 10.55549/epess.1196824