Danielle McDougall

Department: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Education

Project Summary

Project Title: The Teaching of Pupils who Experience Difficulties in Learning in a two Government Secondary Schools in Trinidad, West Indies.

All Children Can Learn. This is the premise of education policy in Trinidad and Tobago. If all children can learn, why are so many children failing in our education system? I firmly believe that all children can learn but many experience difficulties in their learning that impede successful outcomes. Teachers are uniquely poised within the classroom to address these difficulties to ensure their pupils progress successfully through school.

My research investigated the teaching approaches used in two government secondary schools in Trinidad. The study was conducted in a Form 2 Spanish class in each school. My research was not intended to be an evaluation of the teaching within the two classrooms. Rather, I wanted to describe the teaching approaches as well as explore the issues and challenges the teachers faced in the execution of their duties. 

Supervisory Team

Dr. Hazel Lawson

Dr. Alison Black

Wider Research Interests

Future Research Areas 

- Higher order thinking skills for pupils who experience difficulties in learning 

- Teaching approaches for pupils who experience difficulties in learning in primary schools in Trinidad and Tobago