Discrimination Evidence for Examining Fourth Grade Students’ Learning Disability Problems

Abdulhameed S. Hassan, Ibrahim S. Al-Harthy


This study investigated the ability of discriminate variables (perceptual–motor, hyperactivity disorder, neurological and psychological skills) to distinguish between normal (n = 68) and students with learning disabilities (n = 72) in fourth grade. Three instruments were developed: perceptual-motor scale, hyperactivity disorder scale, skills test neuropsychiatric. Eight schools were purposely chosen for their collaboration with the College of Education at Sultan Qaboos University. The sample consists of 140 students (68 students with learning disabilities and 73 normal students; 73 males). The results demonstrated a positive significant correlation between perceptual-motor and neurological and psychological skills. In addition, a negative significant correlation was found between hyperactivity disorder, perceptual-motor and neurological and psychological skills. Using discriminate analysis, the study shows that the three developed measurements can discriminate between normal students and students with learning disabilities. We recommend using the three scales on students with learning disabilities for the purpose of early examination. There is a need to conduct a similar study, with other scales, for better examinations.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/jel.v3n3p183

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