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Prof. Ali Ahmad Al-Barakat Professor Academic RankProfessor

Specialization:

  • Doctor of Philosophy, childhood and elementary education, United Kingdom

Research Interests:

  • My research interest concentrates on the area of childhood education, childhood curriculum development, constructivist learning environments , current issues in science education, assessing students' learning, developing children's skills, developing children's learning, developing teaching and learning environments, and professional development for pre-service teachers.

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I hold a bachelor degree in education. I have received my bachelor’s degree first class honour in Education from Yarmouk University in 1995. I obtained a Master’s degree first class honour in curriculum and instruction from the University of Yarmouk in 1997. I received a scholarship to pursue my postgraduate in the United Kingdom. I was awarded the PhD in childhood and elementary education in 2001, from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the Huddersfield University in the north England, United Kingdom.
Full Professor of childhood and elementary education/ Department of education/ College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences / University of Sharjah / Arab Emirates • Vice-dean of faculty of education at Yarmouk University (2012 until 2015 & 2018 - 2020). • Professor of Curricula and teaching methods in the field of childhood and elementary education / Yarmouk University. • Head of the Childhood Education Curriculum Development Team at the Jordanian National Center for Curriculum Development from 2018 until 2020. • Member of the evaluation of mathematics curricula in childhood education in the Jordanian National Center for Curriculum Development from 2018 until 2020. • Member of evaluating science curricula for childhood education Jordanian National Center for Curriculum Development from 2018 until 2020. • Member of the Editorial Board of the Jordanian Journal of Educational Sciences from 2019 until now.
Managerial experiences: 1. Vice-Dean of the College of Education at Yarmouk University for two sessions from 2012-2015 and 2018-2020. 2. Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the Conference regarding Education and Higher Education in the Arab World that was held from 1 to 4 April 2019, Yarmouk University. 3. Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the Conference regarding Special Education and Learning Difficulties in the Arab World, which was held from 22 to 23 April 2013 at Yarmouk University. 4. Head of the Elementary Education Department from 2006 to 2008.
 Member of the Editorial Board of the Jordanian Journal of Educational Sciences / Yarmouk University for three years.  Member of the evaluation of the Educational Excellence Award in the Queen Rania Association for Educational Excellence from 2018 to 2020.  Member of the evaluation of the Arabic language, science, mathematics, and childhood curricula at the Jordanian National Center for Curriculum Development from 2018 until 2020.  Chair of the committees of evaluating the scientific production of faculty members for academic promotions for various academic ranks from 2018-2019, and 2012-2015.  Member of the assessment of national tests in the accreditation department in the field of curricula and teaching methods from 2016-2019.  Member of the teacher selection committees in the Civil Service Bureau in the field of curriculum and teaching methods in 2017-2018.  Evaluating the academic performance of the model school teachers at Yarmouk University from 2003 until 2020.  Member of the Best Teacher Award in the Ministry of Higher Education.  Member of the Individuals Evaluation Committee of the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (Al Namus Award).  Member of the Individuals Assessment and Institutional Performance in the Ministry of Culture and Community Development in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.  Chairman of the Committee for Evaluation and Follow-up of the Institutional Performance of the Arab Open University for the year 2009 in Amman. 
1. Ennab, Rasha, Al-Shannag, Mamoon & Al-Barakat, Ali. (2020).The efficiency of the PQ4R strategy in understanding the mathematical proof among the primary school female students. Journal of Education and Practice, 11. 2. Rula, Qawasmi, Al-Shannag, Mamoon & Al-Barakat, Ali. (2020).The effectiveness of using the KWL strategy in improving the tenth grade's female students' learning of mathematical thinking. Journal of Educational and Psychological Sciences, Islamic University, 28(1), 749-770. 749-770. 3. Al-Barakat, A. & Banihamed, F. (2018). The quality of formative assessment practices in physics learning environments in primary education. Dirasat, educational Science (Journal of the University of Jordan), 45(4). 4. Al-Barakat, A. & Muhidat, R. (2017). the effectiveness of blended learning based on historical approach in improving pupils' understanding of the nature of science and conceptual change in chemistry teaching environments. Journal of Educational and Psychological Sciences, Islamic University. 5. Al-Barakat, A. & Wadian, H. (2016). The effect of environmental approach in acquiring science process skills and improving cognitive achievement among fourth-grade's pupils. Dirasat, educational Science (Journal of the University of Jordan), 12, 303-320.
 Certificate of appreciation from Umm Al-Qura University for the outstanding performance in accomplishing academic work.  Certificate of appreciation from Umm Al-Qura University for the active participation in the academic accreditation programs.  Honor list of the College of Education / Yarmouk University (1992-1995).  Scholarship from the European Union to obtain my PhD from United Kingdom based on my academic excellence.  Certificate of appreciation from the Deanship of the College of Education, Yarmouk University, for the outstanding performance in academic tasks.
My philosophy of instruction is based on the principle, which confirms that knowledge does not accumulate passively, but rather as a result of the student’s active awareness processes, and that knowledge is an adaptive process that works to make the student’s behaviour more applicable and practice. This will organize and facilitate student to their learning experience and, develops cognitive structures. Moreover, knowledge is not a process of presenting and representing reality, but it has roots in the student’s biological and neurological structures. These form from social, cultural and linguistic interactions in learning environments. In addition, my personal instruction philosophy is based on the principle of "how do you learn"; which emphasizes that the student builds his own knowledge, though, and understanding from the surrounding world. On this basis, my philosophy has numerous learning implications in learning environments, and the interpretation of students' learning behaviours.
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