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Information Sciences Letters

Information Sciences Letters

Abstract

Innovative programs are introduced to educational institutions to enhance teaching and student learning. One of these innovative programs is the Lughati for Smart Education Initiative meant to strengthen students’ learning at the Kindergarten level in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The aim of this study is to determine the impact of the Lughati Smart Education initiative on the acquisition of Arabic language skills among kindergarteners and what are the strengths and areas that need improvement in the Lughati program from the point of view of the teachers who implemented the Smart Education program. A quantitative research approach was used to conduct the study, with a sample size of (100) children. Fifty of the students who underwent the Lughati Smart Education program were selected through purposeful sampling and they are considered as an experimental group and the other (50) who did not are considered as the control group. Also included in the study is a sample of one hundred teachers from the Emirate of Sharjah who have been involved in delivering Lughati Smart Education Program. The results of the study show that there are statistically significant differences in the variables related to reading skills, analysis, structure, concepts, and the achievement test in favour of the students who attended the Lughati program. However, there was no significant difference between the control and experimental groups in writing skills. As for teachers’ feedback on the Smart Education Program (Lughati Initiative), it was found that most teachers indicated that the program helped develop the student’s language proficiency, language skills through educational songs, reading skills, spelling, and handwriting. Based on the data, the study makes a number of recommendations, the most significant of which is to implement the initiative across all states and public schools in the country. In addition, it recommended that the program should be linked to the curricula devised by the Ministry of Education. School teachers should also attend training courses in smart education, and the program should be regularly updated.

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