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Educating Children with Williams Syndrome in the UAE A Case Study

By Hanadi Mahmoud Al Jafari

A dissertation Submitted to The Faculty of Education of the British University in

Dubai for the Degree of a Master of Education

Dissertation Tutor Dr. Eman Gaad

Dedication

For my sister Tahani who was aware of my studying and for my family for supporting me.

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Acknowledgment

Ten months ago, these 20,000 words were just some headlines written with a poor pencil on a small piece of paper. I would like to thank all the people who have helped this dissertation to be born. First of all I am grateful to Emirates Group for awarding me an Emirates scholarship. Many thanks to Samer for the amount of knowledge about Williams Syndrome I learned from him. Great thanks to the staff at BUID for their help and support. Very special thanks to Dr. Eman Gaad for continuously following up for every single step. Great thanks to my fellow students for copying, searching for resources, and revising my English writing. Thank you very much to the special Rehabilitation Center staff who enriched my research with a worthwhile experience. Finally, a special great thanks to Carolyn Grace in New Zealand for her support since my first day at BUID.

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to define the current educational status of a child with Williams Syndrome in the UAE. The researcher employed a qualitative multiple approach to data collection. Data were analyzed qualitatively. Reporting and displaying were also employed. This dissertation focuses on the curriculum, pedagogies, goals, social access, and the impact of non- disabled peers. The study identified the existence of dilemmas in seeking to secure effective recommendations in teaching children with Williams Syndrome in the UAE. These include concerns over specialist teaching materials, special educators' perceptions, and non-disabled peers knowledge and understanding of learning disability. Questions are raised about the current educational status of a child with Williams Syndrome in the UAE and about the recommendations that could be offered to develop the education of children with Williams Syndrome.

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Table of Contents

Page No

Cover Page...........................................................................

Dedication.............................................................................

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Acknowledgment.....................................................................

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Abstract.................................................................................

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Table of contents.....................................................................

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CHAPTER 1- INTRODUCTION..................................................

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1.1. Introduction and Project background.......................................

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1.2. Research Questions............................................................

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1.3. Organization of the chapters..................................................

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1.4. Overview of the United Arab Emirates......................................

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1.5. UAE Education System.........................................................

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1.6. Special Education in UAE......................................................

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1.6.1. Special Education Services in Government Schools..............

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1.6.2. Special Education Services in Private Schools.....................

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1.6.3. Special Education Services in Rehabilitation Centers............

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1.7. Williams Syndrome and Education in UAE.................................

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CHAPTER 2- LITERATURE REVIEW........................................

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2.1 Introduction.....................................................................

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2.2 Conceptual definitions.......................................................

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2.2.1. Disability....................................................................

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2.2.2. Impairment..................................................................

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2.2.3. I.Q Ranges.................................................................

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2.2.4. Williams Syndrome........................................................

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2.2.5. Standards..................................................................

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2.2.6. Achievement..............................................................

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2.3. Overview of Williams Syndrome..........................................

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