UAE Teachers’ Awareness & Perceptions of Testing Modifications

Hala Elhoweris, Negmeldin Alsheikh

Abstract


The objectives of this study were threefold: (a) to determine whether the Unit- ed Arab Emirates (UAE) general and special education teachers were making any specific testing modifications for students with disabilities; (b) to survey UAE general and special education teachers’ perceptions of testing modifica- tions in terms of their usefulness, easiness, and fairness; and (c) to explore possible differences between general and special education teachers’ aware- ness and perceptions of testing modifications. Two hundred and eleven UAE general and special education teachers participated in this study. Results re- vealed that participants have a moderate level of awareness of testing modifications when assessing students with disabilities. Additionally, UAE teachers as a group perceived testing modifications as easy to make and fair. Statistically significant differences were found between general and special education teachers where special education teachers were found to be more informed than general education teachers.

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