Date of Award
Master of Science in Education (MSEd)
Curriculum & Instruction
Dr. Negmeldin Alsheikh
Dr. Sadiq Ismail
This study aimed at exploring the Emirati parents’ involvement in their children’s English reading in primary grades (1 through 3). The Study used an Explanatory Sequential Mixed Method Design. In the first phase of the study, a questionnaire (PIQ) was distributed to parents (n=498) who have children in those grades. In the second phase of the study, parents (n=10) were interviewed with regards to their involvement with their children in English language reading. The study found that: Parents have high involvement in their children’s English reading. Parents also reported high involvement in terms of communication, followed by involvement in academic instruction and supervision, then providing reading materials. The least common category was involved in school activities. Parents also reported some barriers that hinder them from involving themselves in their children’s English reading. These barriers are Lack of time, weak knowledge of the English language, other family responsibilities, low socio-economic status (SES), lack of communication of parents’ role in education by schools, lack of school engagement initiatives, lack of English reading activities, lack of English reading resources, and the focus of schools on Arabic activities more than English ones. Parents also viewed that schools have different channels of communication, and they indicated that they support their children academically and provide them with various reading materials. Furthermore, the study examined whether there are some significant differences in terms of parents’ educational level, parents’ SES, parents’ English language knowledge, and their children’s school type. The findings revealed that: parents with higher education levels and higher SES have higher involvement in their children’s reading than those with lower educational levels and SES. The study also found that bilingual parents are more involved than monolingual parents and that parents with children in private schools are more involved than those who have children in public schools. Eventually, this study offers some recommendations.
Ali Saeed, Shaikha Mohammed, "AN EXPLORATION OF EMIRATI PARENTS’ INVOLVEMENT IN THEIR CHILDREN’S ENGLISH READING OF PRIMARY GRADES: A MIXED-METHOD STUDY" (2019). Theses. 793.