Helen Abadzi is a Greek psychologist who speaks many languages. She retired from the World Bank after 27 years of service and is currently a research faculty member at the University of Texas at Arlington College of Education. She regularly monitors the emerging research in cognitive science and synthesizes relevant findings to explain and predict likely outcomes from various interventions. Her work has helped early-grade reading fluency become an international priority.
The Arabic used is schools is almost a foreign language to many Arab students, but research suggests ways of teaching it more effectively.
The challenge of Arabic script is one of the reasons behind Arab students’ disappointing performance results, the author explains.
A back-to-basics approach to learning could be the most innovative way to improve Arab education.
Research suggests new ways of learning Arabic script and language could help Arab students gain educational ground.