Two IUG Researchers Getting Their PhD Theses Published in Scopus Database

27 - Jan - 2021
The Faculty of Education at the Islamic University has recently bestowed PhD degrees to a number of students of 'curriculum and teaching methods' program this month. A remarkable thesis for Dr. Akram Firwana and another for Dr. Kholoud Sorour have been recently published in the international Scopus database. 
Prof. Magdi Aqel, the main examiner of the two theses and the Head of IUG curriculum and teaching methods department, anticipates that, "These theses are of great advantage. They hit a chief and vital topic in the current time. They will definitely leave superb footprints in the development of education and e-learning."  
As for Dr. Firwana, the title of his thesis is "Effectiveness of E-learning Environments in Developing Skills for Designing E-activities Based on Gamification for Teachers of Technology in Gaza". The pressing need of this study comes after the Corona Global Pandemic has created challenges for teachers and students in using E-learning tools in the teaching and learning process. Thus, training teachers to use these tools has been extremely crucial. The researcher utilized six tools to achieve the goal of the study. 
The researchers followed the quasi-experimental approach for two randomly selected experimental groups. The first experimental group was taught via E-learning social environment Edmodo, while the second experimental group was taught via the personal E-learning environment WordPress. Every group consisted of (30) teachers teaching Information Technology for secondary students. The group equivalence was adjusted before the experiment in designing E-activities skills based on gamification. To collect data, the researcher prepared an observation card of the skills for designing E-activities based on gamification. The observation card dealt with the design tools and their sub-indicators, and it was applied before and after the intervention phase.
 The results showed that there were no statistically significant differences at the level (α ≤ 0.05) between the mean of the teachers’ scores in the experimental social environment group Edmodo, and the experimental personal learning environment group WordPress in the post-application of the observation card for designing E-activities skills based on gamification. The findings revealed great effectiveness of E-learning social environment Edmodo and the personal E-learning environment WordPress on developing skills for designing E-activities based on gamification. 
In light of these results, the researcher recommended that social and personal E-learning environments should be employed in developing the skills of teachers and improving their experiences. This helps organize and display information in addition to facilitating communication between the components of the educational process and the benefit of using these environments in training teachers under the Global pandemic, COVID-19.   
Another state-of-art PhD thesis that also gets publication in Scopus was for Dr. Kholoud Sorour from the Ministry of education. Her thesis hit the topic of "Enhancing EFL Secondary School Students' Writing Skills through a Suggested Model Based on Constructivism". It was examined by Prof. Magdi Aqel, Head of IUG curriculum and teaching methods department, along with prof. Dr. Jaber Abu Shawish from Al-Quds Open University.  
 The chief goal of this study was to investigate the effect of a suggested model RW based on constructivism on Palestinian EFL secondary school students' writing skill performance. The sample of the study consisted of (87) female students divided into two groups; a control group 43 and an experimental group 44 students. 
The results of the study demonstrated that there were statistically significant differences at (α ≤ 0.05) between the experimental group and the control group in relation to the writing skills in favor of the former. In addition, the effect size of using the model based on constructivism was significantly large on students' writing skills. The researcher strongly recommended using the suggested model RW in teaching writing skill for the EFL secondary school students.