Samir Jabra Dukmak, Ph.D

Associate Professor

Al Ain Campus

+971 3 7024888 Ext: 915

Samir.Duqmaq@aau.ac.ae

Education

Ph.D. of Education - Special Education, Center for Educational Needs - University of Manchester, England (2002)

M.Ed. (Master of Education in Special Education), Center for Educational Needs - University of Manchester, England (1989)

Professional & Advanced Diploma in Community-Based Rehabilitation, Institute of Child Health, University of London, England (1988)

BA in Psychology & Sociology, Social Sciences Department, University of Bethlehem, Palestine (1985)

Research Interests

Inclusion, parental stress, students motivation, behavior problems, instructional tech.

Selected Publications

  • Published Articles:

  • Dukmak, S., Aburezeq, I.M. and Khaled, A. (2019). Public school teachers ‘perceived sense of self-efficacy in teaching students with disabilities in the United  Arab Emirates. Int. J. Economics and Business Research, 17(1), 34-52. 

  • Dukmak, S., Qaimari, B., Doudeen, H. (2018). Developing and Validating Scales To Measure University Students’ Attitudes, Academic and Social Integration, and Social Identity in Multicultural Classrooms. Int. J. Economics and Business Research, 16(3), 337-354.

  •  Khaled, A.; Dukmak, S.; Ishtaiwa, F. F. (2016). Pre-service teachers’ perception of their educational preparation. International Journal for Research in Education, 40 (1) 246-266.    

  • Dukmak, S. (2013). Regular classroom teachers’ attitudes towards including students with disabilities in the regular classroom in the United Arab Emirates. The Journal of Human Resources and Adult Learning, 9(1), 26-39.   

  • Ishtaiwa, F. F.; Khaled, A.; Dukmak, S. (2015). Faculty members’ perceptions of the integration, affordances, and challenges of mobile learning. International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education, 30(2), 1-20.  

  • Ishtaiwa, F. F. & Dukmak, S. (2013). Do Web 2.0 applications enhance learning in teacher education in the UAE? An exploratory study. International Journal for Research in Education, issue 33. 

  • Dukmak, S., Aburezek, I.  (2012). Family Functioning, Social Opportunities & Health as Predictors of Family Stress & Adaptation in Families of Children with Developmental Disability in the UAE. Journal of International Special Needs Education. 15(2), 120-135. 

  • Dukmak, S. (2010). Patterns of interaction among students in both regular and Special education middle primary classrooms in the UAE. British Journal of Special Education, 37(1), 39-48. 

  • Dukmak, S. (2009). Ability grouping and teacher-students interaction in the middle primary schools in the UAE. Journal of the Faculty of Education, UAE University,26, 1-30. 

  • Dukmak, S. (2009). Teaching effectiveness of special education teachers in the UAE according to the behavioural approach, Ein Shams University College of Education Journal, 33 (1). 

  • Dukmak, S. (2009). Rehabilitation services in the UAE as perceived by families of children with disabilities. Journal of Rehabilitation, 75(4), 27-34.      

  • Dukmak, S. (2009). Parents Adaptation to and parenting satisfaction with Children with Intellectual Disabilities in the United Arab Emirates. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 34(4), 324 - 328.   

  • Sartawi, A., Dukmak, S., &  Abu Hilal, M. (2009). Behaviour problems among students in the preparatory and elementary stages in public school in UAE. Journal of the Faculty of Education, vol. 26, 39-74. UAE University.   

  • Khamis, V., Dukmak, S., & Elhowereis, H. (2008). Factors Affecting the Motivation to Learn among United Arab Emirates Middle and High School Students. Educational Studies, 34, 3, 191-200. 

  • Dukmak, S. (1995).  Adopting Western Assessment Tools in Developing Countries: Limitations and Problems. A paper presented in the Fourth Biennial International Conference in Special Education sponsored by the International Association of Special Education. Brighton, England. The paper was published in the Conference proceedings. 

  • Dukmak, S. (1994).  Integration in Education for School Age Children with Disabilities in the Main-Stream Schools of Bethlehem. International Journal of Special Education, 9, 123-127. 

 

Published Book Chapters

  • Dukmak, S.; Bany Issa, H. (2011). The status of Special Education in the UAE. In Mazurek, K. & Winzer, M. entitled “Special Education in an International Perspective, Gallaudet University Press: USA. 

  • Dukmak, S. (2006). Palestine’s education system: challenges, trends & issues. In Kas Mazurek & Maggie Winzer (editors). Schooling around the world: Debates, challenges, and practices. USA: Allyn & Bacon. 

  • Dukmak, S. (2000). Reflection from The Inside: The Struggle of the Palestinian Educational System. In Mazurek, K. et al (Eds.). Education in a Global Society: a comparative perspective. USA: Allyn & Bacon. 

  • Dukmak, S. (1994). Special Education in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In Mazurek, K.

    & Winzer, M. (Eds.). Comparative Studies in Special Education. Washington, D.C., USA: Gallaudet University Press.

Conferences

Research Presented at Conferences

Integration in Education for School Age Children with Disabilities in The Main-Stream Schools of Bethlehem (1991). A paper presented “at the Second   Biennial International Conference of the International Association of Special Education, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. The paper was published in the International Association of Special Education Journal. 

Adopting Western Assessment Tools in Developing Countries: Limitations and Problems. A paper presented in the Fourth Biennial International  Conference in Special Education sponsored by the International Association of Special Education. Brighton, England, 1995. The paper was published in the Conference proceedings. 

The Reality of Service Provision to People with Mental Handicap in Palestine.A paper presented in A Workshop on “Towards Policies & Strategies for Rehabilitation in Palestine”. The Central National Committee for Rehabilitation organized the Workshop. Jerusalem, Palestine, 1998.  

Special Education Services for Low Achievers in Palestine: Recent Advancements. A paper accepted to be presented in the Sixth Biennial International Conference in Special Education sponsored by the International Association of Special Education. Cape Town, South Africa, 1999. 

The Economical Role of Individuals with Special Needs. A paper presented in a discussion session on Strategic Planning for Comprehensive Rehabilitation Programmes, Amman: Jordan, 1999. 

The teaching effectiveness of special education teachers in the United Arab Emirates. A research paper presented in the 5th Annual UAE University Research Conference held on 25-27 May 2004 at the UAE University. The paper was also presented at the 22nd Pac Rim Conference on Disability that was held in Hawaii between 11 and 13 of March 2006. 

The impact of reading disability on children's social life. A    research paper presented in the 5th Annual UAE University Research Conference held on 25-27 May 2004 at the UAE University. 

Patterns of interaction among students in both regular and special education middle primary classrooms in the UAE. A research paper presented in  the 6th Annual UAE University Research Conference held in April 22-25, 2006 at the UAE University. 

Rehabilitation Services as perceived by Families of Individuals with Disabilities in the UAE.A research paper presented in the 7th Annual UAE University Research Conference held in April 22-25, 2007 at the UAE University. 

Rehabilitation Services as perceived by Families of Individuals with Disabilities in the UAE. A research paper accepted to be presented at the CEC convention held in Boston in April 12-15, 2008. 

Ability grouping and teacher-students interaction among students in the middle primary schools in the UAE. A research paper presented in the 8th annual UAE University Conference held in April 13-16, 2009. 

Parents Adaptation to and parenting satisfaction with Children with Intellectual Disabilities in the United Arab Emirates. A research paper presented at the 11th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Special Education that was held in Alecante, Spain in July 2009. 

The Assessment of Readiness for Educational Inclusion in the UAE. A research paper presented at the Special Education Congress held in Belfast, Ireland in July 2010.    

Family Functioning, Social Opportunities & Health as Predictorsof Family Stress & Adaptation in Families of Children with Intellectual Disability in the UAE. A research paper presented at Al Ain University of Science & Technology Educational Conference “Research & Practice in Education” held at Al Ain University in May 1st, 2011. 

Developing and Validating Scales to Measure University Students’ Attitudes, Academic and Social Integration, and Social Identity in Multicultural Classrooms. A paper presented in the 30th B&ESI Conference in the UAE in January, 2017.  

Professional Experience

Associate Professor in Special Education. College of Education, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences 

Teaching Courses

1.   Education for Exceptional Children (taught ten times)

2.   The application of computer & technology in Special Education (taught twice).

3.   Technology application in Special Education (taught four times).

4.   Application of Child Development (taught once).

5.   Introduction to Special Education (taught six times).

6.   Behavioral Disorders Course (taught three times)

7.   Assessment and Measurements in Special Education Course (taught twice).

8.   Educational Programs for Children with Intellectual Disability and Sensory

      Impairments Course (taught once).

9.   Instructional Strategies in Special Education Course (taught four times).

10. Rehabilitation in Special Education Course (taught three times).

11. Trends & Issues in Special Education Course (taught four times).

12. Children with Mild Moderate Disabilities Course (taught five times)

13. Teaching Children with Mild Moderate Disabilities Course (taught five  times)

14. Classroom Environment in Special Education (taught seven times)

15. Thinking skills Course (taught four times)

16. Diversified Learners Course (taught 24 times)

17. Human Development Course (taught six times)

18. Introduction to special education (taught five times)

19. Child Normal and Abnormal Development Course (taught three times)

20. General Psychology Course (taught ten times)

21. Psychological Problems among Children Course (taught twice)

22. Behavioral and Emotional Disorders Course (taught four times)

23. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Course (taught six times)

24. Communication Disorders Course (taught five times)

25. Inclusion for Children with Special Needs Course (taught five times)

26. Research Skills Course (taught six times)

27. Learning disabilities Course (taught three times).

28. Behavior Modification Course (taught twice)

29. Teaching Reading & Writing for Children with Special Needs Course (taught four times).

30. Teaching Early Intervention Programs & Services Course (taught twice). 

31. Supervised Field Work for student teachers (Carried out for ten semesters).

Memberships

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS/ Member in Professional Committees:

 

1. An EDITOR of the Editorial Board for International Journal of Psycho-Educational Sciences (June 1st, 2016- present).

2. A member of Quality Assurance Committee at the University Level (Al Ain University for three consecutive years (2012/2013,                2013/2014 & 2014/2015).

3.  A Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee at the College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences for three                                consecutive years (2012/2013, 2013/2014 & 2014/2015).

4. A Chair of the Scientific Research Committee at the College of Education for theacademic year 2010/2011 at Al Ain University                of Science and Technology.

5. Professional Member of the USA Center for Exceptional Children (CEC) for the last three years 2006/2007, 2007/2008, and                    2008/2009.

6. A member of the International Association of Special Education based in the USA for the year 2009.  

7. Member of the Professional Development Committee of Staff at the UAE University for the academic years 2002/2003 &                        2003/2004.

8. Member of the Information Technology Committee at the UAE University for the academic years 2002/2003 & 2003/2004.

9  Member of the Committee that is preparing for a guide for enrichment programme for talented students for the year 2003.                  10. Talented centre at Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance.    

11. Member of the International Association of Special Education, University of British Columbia, Canada for two six years.

12. Member-at-Large of the International Association of Special Education Committee for the Years 1998 & 1999.

13. Member of the Bethlehem University Steering Committees on special education and Rehabilitation / Bethlehem between 1990               and 1992.

14. Member of the Community-Based Rehabilitation Sub-Committee of the Central National Committee for Rehabilitation-Jerusalem

15. Member of the Planning and Implementing Committee as well as one of the main trainers of the Supportive Education Pilot Project         that has been implemented in three of the government schools in Ramallah area that has been sponsored by the Palestinian                 Ministry of Education. The project started in February 1997.

16.  Member of the rehabilitation regional committee for the Community-Based Rehabilitation project in the South region of the West              Bank of Palestine.