Anies Al-Hroub

Anies Al-Hroub
American University of Beirut | AUB · Department of Education

Ph.D in Special Education (Gifted Education and Learning Disabilities)

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Introduction
Anies Al-Hroub is an Associate Professor of Education Psychology and Special Education and the former Chairperson of the Department of Education at the American University of Beirut (AUB) between 2015-2018. Currently, he is a Visiting Scholar at Renzulli Center for Creativity, Talented Development and Gifted Education at Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut. Al-Hroub completed his Ph.D. and MPhil in Special Education (Giftedness and Learning Disabilities) from the University of Cambridge and his MA (Special Education) and BA (Psychology) from the University of Jordan. He was selected as the British Academy Visiting Scholar to the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge in 2010, and a Visiting Scholar to the School of Advanced Social Studies in Slovenia in 2017.
Additional affiliations
September 2018 - present
University of Connecticut
Position
  • Visiting Scholar
Description
  • I am currently a visiting scholar at Renzulli Center for Creativity, Talent Development and Gifted Education.
September 2015 - August 2018
American University of Beirut
Position
  • Chair
January 2010 - September 2010
University of Cambridge
Position
  • Researcher
Education
October 2001 - December 2005
University of Cambridge
Field of study
  • Special Education (Gifted with Learning Disabilities)

Publications

Publications (62)
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Abstract: This theory-based article explored the role of educational and learning capitals in the education of gifted learners in Lebanon. The article introduced the educational system in Lebanon, the impact of the Syrian crisis, refugee challenges to gifted education in Lebanon, the conception of giftedness, expenditures on schools, and higher...
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The current global refugee crisis revealed that refugee children, youth, and adults are uniquely vulnerable to traumatic events. Yet, there are only a few studies available that report robust systematic data on art therapy interventions with mental health in recent refugee populations. The purpose of the study is to synthesize and evaluate (a) the...
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The specific aims of this research study were to (a) examine the differential effect of three different music interventions, namely the interactive music playing therapy (“music and singing”), interaction music singing therapy (“singing”), and receptive music therapy (“listening”) studying the varying latency periods in the response time it took 3-...
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The purpose of this research was to examine the utility of psychometric and dynamic assessment for the identification of a twice-exceptional (2E) group of students who showed both mathematical high abilities and specific learning disabilities. Of a population of 800 students, 30 (14 boys and 16 girls) ages 10 to 12 years were selected and identifie...
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This study used the bibliographic scattering analysis to explore the scientific publications trends on gifted individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) over the past 23 years. The study examined the applicability and appropriateness of Bradford’s and Lotka’s laws of scattering to measure the impact factors of journals, institutions, countrie...
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This study used the bibliographic scattering analysis to explore the scientific publications trends on gifted individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) over the past 23 years. The study examined the applicability and appropri-ateness of Bradford's and Lotka's laws of scattering to measure the impact factors of journals, institutions, countri...
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The presence of school-age children engaged in various subsistence activities on the street when they should be at school is a common and growing phenomenon worldwide. It has become a major social issue in Lebanon over the past decade fuelled by a massive increase in the refugee population. Robust statistical data on street children at the national...
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There is no empirical evidence in Jordan that addresses the overlap and coexistence of overexcitability (OE) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in gifted students. This study aims to investigate (a) the relationship between characteristics of OE forms and ADHD subtypes and (b) the gender differences in OE profiles among gifted stud...
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The main purpose of this research was to investigate empirically the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – the third Jordanian version (hereinafter WISC-III-Jordan) profiles to analyze cognitive factors for ‘twice�exceptional’ (2E) children characterizing ‘mathematical giftedness with learning disabilities (MG/LDs). The paper examined whether...
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The purpose of this research was to examine the Jordanian parents’ and teachers’ contributions to identify the special behavioural characteristics of mathematically gifted children with learning difficulties (MG/LD), namely ‘dual-exceptional’ students. Structured and semi-structured interviews were conducted with parents and teachers. In the first...
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This policy brief principally targets the educational needs of street children in Lebanon, while recognizing that these needs do not occur in a vacuum. Street children are herein defined as children between the ages of 6 and 15 who are on the street during school hours. The Lebanese situation is unique as most street children are non-Lebanese citiz...
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ABSTRACT The aim of the action research reported here was to examine the differential effects of the ‘writers’ workshop’ approach on the L2 (English) writing skills of upper-primary students with varying writing abilities. The participants were 31 fifth-grade students (17 boys and 14 girls) aged 10–11, who followed L2 English writing instruction ba...
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The study aims to examine gender differences in schoolteachers’ recognitions of overexcitabilities (OEs) among gifted adolescents in Jordan. The participants included 46 (32 female, 14 male) secondary school teachers who teach grades 9 to 12 at the Jubilee School for Gifted and Talented Students in Jordan. The researchers used Expermintal Vignette...
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The study aims to examine gender differences in schoolteachers' recognitions of overexcitabilities (OEs) among gifted adolescents in Jordan. The participants included 46 (32 female, 14 male) secondary school teachers who teach grades 9 to 12 at the Jubilee School for Gifted and Talented Students in Jordan. The researchers used Experimental Vignette...
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SEL is comprised of learning skills needed to establish and maintain personal and interpersonal situations effectively. In this study, we reflect on SEL in the context of Lebanon among intermediate school students whose ages range between 12 and 15 enrolled in a public school in Beirut. The purpose of this study was to (a) examine the impact of a s...
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The purpose of this research was to investigate the utility of dynamic assessment (DA) in identifying a group of twice-exceptional students who exhibited mathematical giftedness and specific learning disabilities (MG/LDs). A quantitative method was applied by a multidisciplinary team to identify 30 students (16 girls and 14 boys) in the fifth and s...
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The aim of the action research reported here was to examine the differential effects of the ‘writers’ workshop’ approach on the L2 (English) writing skills of upper-primary students with varying writing abilities. The participants were 31 fifth-grade students (17 boys and 14 girls) aged 10–11, who followed L2 English writing instruction based on th...
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ÉVALUATION DYNAMIQUE APPLIQUÉE AUX PRÉSCOLAIRES PRÉSENTANT DES DIFFICULTÉS D'APPRENTISSAGE
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L’évaluation dynamique est une approche de diagnostic interactive qui donne un diagnostic spécifique à un domaine, pour des préscolaires présentant des Difficultés d’apprentissage (DA). Ce modèle test-intervene-retest (test-intervention-nouveau test) d’évaluation psychologique et psycho-éducative n’est pas présenté comme une méthode alternative à l...
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The purpose of this study is to examine Jordanian teachers' knowledge and perceptions on overexcitability, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in gifted students. Twelve semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with secondary classroom teachers including one school counselor. The study was conducted at an independent coedu...
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The research findings in this chapter are divided into three parts. The first part concentrates on the various definitions of giftedness that surfaced from the 15 interviews and 5 focus group discussions (FGDs), collaborated by the 140 survey results. The second part focuses on the different perceived attributes and characteristics that the teacher...
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This chapter sheds light on the development of intelligence testing and the various identification tools that are currently used, especially in the Middle East. Moreover, misconceptions and misdiagnosis of gifted children are explored, along with typical stereotypes, which lead to major underrepresentation of gifted students. This chapter concludes...
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This study explores the perceptions of elementary teachers in defining and identifying gifted students in order to understand how Lebanese teachers currently view giftedness and to devise a single consolidated definition. The purpose of this chapter is fourfold: to discuss the results obtained, to draw conclusions grounded in the participants’ pers...
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This research adopted a mixed research design in order to explore current elementary teachers’ perceptions concerning the attributes of gifted students as a starting point in order to locate the lack of understanding in the construct of giftedness. The purpose of this study was twofold: (1) to explore the perceptions teachers currently have concern...
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This chapter presents a critical review on the international definitions of giftedness and teachers’ perceptions of giftedness around the world, in order to have a better understanding and assessment of where Lebanon stands. This chapter also sheds light on how different cultures perceive giftedness. Moreover, misconceptions and misdiagnoses of gif...
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This chapter provides the background to the research and practices regarding giftedness in Lebanon. Consequently, this chapter will present the current definitions of giftedness according to research and theory and will shed light on existing identification practices and programs used in Lebanon as reported in the research. It will discuss the stat...
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The Lebanese education system is structured in such a way that potential career options for students are restricted by the tracks they are assigned to after the middle secondary level. A large number of students are diverted into vocational and technical education after Grade 9, while students who advance to upper secondary schooling are channelled...
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The Lebanese education system is structured in such a way that potential career options for students are restricted by the tracks they are assigned to after the middle secondary level. A large number of students are diverted into vocational and technical education after Grade 9, while students who advance to upper secondary schooling are channelled...
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There is an urgent need to attend in systematic and comprehensive ways to the psychosocial needs of vulnerable young people 1 in schools in Lebanon. An understanding of the behaviors and needs of vulnerable children helps to identify ways that schools can respond and contribute to their well-being and resilience. Children, vulnerability and mental...
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This new book brings together the latest research about attention defi cit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in Lebanon. It specifi cally addresses issues related to assessing, diagnosing, and treating students with ADHD in Lebanese schools. The book is primarily written for teachers, counselors, principals, and researchers. It also addresses specialis...
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There have been many attempts to define ADHD, and the term attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has been in use since the late 1980s. The disorder affects millions of children across the world, with more boys than girls exhibiting symptoms of ADHD. The causes are attributed to genetic and/or psychosocial factors, and research shows that the cul...
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The results of the research clearly revealed that the group of Lebanese teachers who participated in the study lacked knowledge of ADHD in many respects and also held a wide range of misconceptions about the disorder. In addition, only a surprisingly small number of teachers were able to identify the children in vignettes 1 and 2 as hyperactive and...
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Teachers’ responses to the statements about ADHD listed in the KADDS revealed that they lacked knowledge and held a range of mistaken views and misconceptions in relation to general aspects of ADHD, it symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. They were most knowledgeable about the diagnosis and symptoms, but their understanding of ADHD in general and it...
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A research study was conducted in 15 schools in southern Lebanon to answer two research questions, one relating to teachers’ knowledge about ADHD in children of elementary school age and the second to how the gender of the child with ADHD affects the teacher’s perception of the disorder and its subtypes, namely, hyperactivity and inattention. A tot...
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Historically, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been considered, on the one hand, to be a biological condition of the brain and, on the other, a psychological variant rather than a disorder, but over time it has come to be seen as a developmental neurological condition. Children with ADHD experience problems at school as a result...
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This Brief addresses the causes, assessment, and treatment of ADHD in Lebanese schoolchildren. It details how the disorder is currently defined in Lebanese elementary schools and examines schoolteachers’ understanding of and conceptions about ADHD across three domains: general knowledge; symptoms and diagnosis; and treatment. This concise volume pr...
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This research paper examines the perceptions of students on the school drop-out problem in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon regarding (a) the social and economic causes associated with the phenomenon of school drop-out; (b) the educational policies and practices used in UNRWA schools and their relationship to student drop-out; and (c) the role...
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This research paper presents evidence that an apparent contradiction between giftedness and learning difficulties can be resolved because ‘gifted children with learning difficulties’ have a characteristic profile of cognitive attributes. An extensive process using mixed methods was conducted by a multi-disciplinary team to identify a sample of 30 s...
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This chapter reviews seven reports related to a range of educational programs in Arab universities in Lebanon, Egypt, Oman and Morocco. The chapter reviews these programs in terms of seven key metrics: objectives, program management, academic resources, curricula, teaching and evaluation, learning opportunities, and the competency level of graduate...
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This research takes mathematics as a model for investigating the definitions, identification, classification and characteristics of a group of gifted student related to the notion of 'dual-exceptionality’. An extensive process using qualitative and quantitative methods was conducted by a multidisciplinary team to develop and implement a multidimens...
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The purpose of this consultancy report is to provide an assessment of the evaluation system of student activities in Libya, detailing its strengths and weaknesses. On the basis of this diagnosis, the report will provide recommendations for the development of this system. The evaluation will be based on qualitative and quantitative observations insp...
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The purpose of this consultancy report is to provide an assessment of the evaluation system of student activities in Libya, detailing its strengths and weaknesses. On the basis of this diagnosis, the report will provide recommendations for the development of this system. The evaluation will be based on qualitative and quantitative observations insp...
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The purpose of this consultancy report is to provide an assessment of the evaluation system of student activities in Libya, detailing its strengths and weaknesses. On the basis of this diagnosis, the report will provide recommendations for the development of this system. The evaluation will be based on qualitative and quantitative observations insp...
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يهدف هذا التقرير الاستشاري إلى تقييم نظام تقويم النشاطات الطلابية في ليبيا مع تفصيل نقاط القوة والضعف فيه. وبناءً على هذا التشخيص، سيرفع التقرير التوصيات الملائمة لتطوير هذا النظام. وسيرتكز برنامج تقييم النظم ) SABER التقويم على ملاحظات آمية ونوعية مستقاة من منهجية وأدوات مبادرة التربوية وتقييسها من أجل نتائج تربوية أفضل).
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This research article explores the perspectives of students, administrators, teachers and parents on the UNRWA school dropouts’ dilemma in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. Based on qualitative methodology, field data are grounded in two forms of data collection: one-on-one interviews with 11 dropout students; and focus group discussion intervi...
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This research study investigates effects of character education activities on the self-esteem of intellectually able and less able students in the lower elementary level in Kuwait. The participants were 39 students in grade three with an average age of eight years old. Students were first divided into two ability subgroups (intellectually able vs....
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This paper reviews theoretical issues related to gifted students with learning difficulties (G/LDs) who are still overlooked and unrecognized by many teachers, parents, educators and even professionals in the field of special education and gifted education. The concept of G/LDs is laden with controversy, as students show exceptionally high abilitie...
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This paper presents the findings of the second stage of a multi-stage study on the phenomenon of early school dropouts in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. Building on the first stage that was a quantitative study, and with an eye towards the third stage, which will propose an empirically based intervention plan, this second stage of the resear...
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This paper focuses on critical issues related to the identification of mathematically gifted children with learning difficulties (LDs). One purpose of the study is to broaden teachers' and educators' insight into the identification of gifted students with LDs, sometimes referred to as dual-exceptional children. A multiple case study approach was ad...
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Findings are presented from a large two-phase research study exploring (a) the identification and (b) programming for mathematically gifted students with learning difficulties (MG/LDs) in Jordan. The second phase of the research, which is the focus of the current article, investigates the effects of two programs of instructional practices on the ac...
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Phonological awareness is a key factor in the development of literacy, and frequently presents itself as an area of weakness in pupils with reading difficulties. In this article, Anies Al-Hroub of the American University of Beirut sets out to define a distinguishing pattern of characteristics that supports the identification of pupils with specific...
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The current study investigates how two groups of mathematically gifted pupils with learning difficulties (MG/LD) change/do not change their attitudes towards, and beliefs about, mathematics over five weeks during which they received two different instructional programs in mathematics. Thirty pupils (16 girls and 14 boys), aged 10 years to 11 years...
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Dynamic Assessment Applied to Preschool Children with Learning Difficulties Dynamic Assessment (DA) is an interactive diagnostic approach that provides a domain-specific diagnosis of preschool children with Learning Difficulties (LDs). This test-intervene-retest model of psychological and psycho-educational assessment is not being promoted as an al...
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In this article, Anies Al-Hroub, assistant professor of educational psychology and special educational needs at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, and David Whitebread, senior lecturer in psychology and education in the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, discuss the identification, by teachers, of children who are gifted in ma...
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The purpose of this research is to investigate the efficacy of psychometric and dynamic assessment to identifying 'mathematically gifted students with learning difficulties' (MG/LD) in Jordan. An extensive process of quantitative methods was conducted by a multi-disciplinary team to identify a sample of 30 students (16 girls and 14 boys) in the fif...

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