Dhahran Ahliyya School for Girls
TAMAM Action Research (2015-Present)
Improving students’ results in Qudorat
The purpose of this study is to improve student performance in Qudorat Test in Dhahran Ahliyya School (DAS). Qudorat Test is considered an important piece for students to be able to attend college locally. It also gives valuable information to administrators, teachers, parents, and students about the achievement level and about the skills of students. With the observation of score drop of Qudorat during the past three consecutive years, there is a need for an action research study to get a clue on how to improve their performance. There are several factors that might be the cause of such issue, such as students’ behavior in and out of classes and poor test preparations. Above all, continuous improvement of student performance is part of the Dharan Ahliyya School’s mission. Therefore, this research aims to enable students to perform better in Qudorat through evaluating students’ performance and determining what facts are causing poor academic outcome. Thus, there are two approaches in this research, which are exploring the reliability and validity of new scales for measuring students’ academic performance and evaluating possible links between students’ academic performance and other factors such as students’ behavior and lack of test preparation and future plans.
TAMAM Improvement Project (2009-2010)
Effectiveness of Cooperative Learning in the Development of Collaborative Practices
This action research aims to determine the effectiveness of cooperative learning in the development of collaborative practices. The tools used to collect information are classroom observation, students’ questionnaires, focus groups, interviews with students, and interviews with teachers. The results support what have been said previously in focus groups in terms of teaching cooperative skills for students that are not built on previous skills. The study also inferred that the reasons for rejection of the idea of collective work is because there is not an awareness in schools towards the importance of teaching strategies of cooperative learning for students and teachers. The recommendations came out to say that there should be training for a larger number of teachers on collaborative learning strategy, the consistency of teaching cooperative skills, and teaching social cooperative skills based on the students’ academic level.