Two of the PhD students at the University of Reading’s Institute of Education presented their doctoral research at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) conference, which was held between 10 and 12 September 2019 at the University of Manchester.

Fatemah Almuwaiziri (a final-year PhD student), whose supervisors are Dr. Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai and Dr. Tim Williams, gave a presentation, titled ‘Can self-constructed visualisation (SCV) meet unique mathematics learning needs of students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD?’. Her presentation is based on part of her research thesis. Speaking of her experience in giving her first-ever research presentation at an international research conference, Fatemah said:

“It was a great opportunity for me to attend and present my research at an international conference like BERA. I was a little apprehensive about presenting my research to other people, especially not knowing what their opinions of my research and my presentation would be. Having now given the presentation, I found their questions and feedback on my research helped me to refine my research focus and was very useful to improve my doctoral thesis.”

Another PhD student presenting at the BERA conference is Mohammed Hassan Alshaikhi, whose supervisors are Prof. Suzanne Graham and Dr. Maria Kambouri-Danos. His presentation is titled ‘An exploration of Saudi English Teachers’ use and perceptions of the interactive whiteboard for teaching vocabulary in English as a Foreign Language classrooms in Saudi primary schools’.

Well done to both Fatemah and Mohammed!