Sarah Salem S. Alqahtani

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College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Education
Department: School of Education
Research Centre/Unit: Graduate School of Education

 

 

College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies

Discipline: Graduate School of Education

Department: School of Education (Special education and inclusion)

 

I am Sarah Alqahtani, I am a postgraduate research student at the school of Education at the University of Exeter. I got my Bachelor degree in Education majoring Special education (learning difficulties) from King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Then, I worked as learning difficulties teacher for two years in mainstream school which gave me a lot of experiences in teaching learning difficulties students. In September 2010, I joined the Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia for the master’s degree in Special education. In December 2012, Upon the completion of my master’s degree, I headed back to my home country and joined my colleagues in my workplace as lecturer at the Princess Nora University.

 

Now, I am a postgraduate research student and doing my EDD (doctor of education- Special education) at the school of Education at the University of Exeter in pre-these stage. My research interests relate to learning difficulties, I am particularly interested in understanding parental and environmental factors that affect the education of children with learning difficulties. I am currently developing my EDD proposal which concerns parents’ participation in the education of children with learning difficulties in Saudi Arabia. The research aims to understand parental roles in their children’ education for students with learning difficulties and the obstacles of implementing these roles. I developed my interest in this area through my experience in teaching learning difficulties students in mainstream schools. From my experiences, I found both Saudi parents and teachers face several challenges and difficulties in their attempts to connect together and involve parents in their children’s learning. Therefore, the problems of parental participation need to be understood, and the Saudi researchers should consider about this issue to assist parents, students and teachers, helping to improve the educational process overall in Saudi Arabia.

 

Also, in general, I am interested in research areas related to learning difficulties and collaboration in teaching learning difficulties students; collaborate with families, other educators, related service providers, and personnel from community agencies in culturally responsive ways. I am also interested in research areas related to improving reflective consultation between administrators, practitioners, and families as it is a viable means of improving services provided by special education teachers.