International Journal of Education and Knowledge Management (IJEKM)

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Volume 3 | Issue 2 | 2020

Title: Do The Reading Skills Of Emirati Students Impact Their Problem Solving Skills?

Author(S): Kausar Saida* and Anita Dani

Corresponding Author Affiliation*: Higher Colleges of Technology Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE)


Students studying in federal higher educational institutions in the UAE learn English as a second language. Most of the students find it difficult to solve word problems in mathematics. The main objective of this research is to determine if lack of English reading and comprehension skills affect mathematical problem solving skills. Students with varying levels of competency from the first year of the Bachelors study in one of the federal institutions were chosen for this exploratory qualitative study. A reading comprehension test and a set of mathematical word problems with increasing levels of complexity was used for this purpose. The results signified that reading skills had an impact on problem solving skills. Students with poor problem solving skills required extra support to help them cultivate their reading skills. This is the first stage of research done and will be expanded on a large sample by incorporating variables identified after this study.

Keywords: Analogical Reasoning, Comprehension, English as a Second Language, Reading, Relationships, Word Problems.


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