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Changing from a traditional approach to learning: teachers’ perceptions of introducing WebQuests into mathematics and science classrooms in Qatar

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posted on 2023-05-20, 05:44 authored by Carol MurphyCarol Murphy, Abu-Tineh, A, Calder, N, Mansour, N
Several studies have identified stress factors that teachers might experience in changing from a traditional approach to a more student-centred inquiry-based learning (IBL) approach. In this study, we report on teachers’ perceptions following professional development (PD) that introduced WebQuests as a didactic tool alongside ongoing classroom support into Qatari mathematics and science classrooms with students grades 4 to 8. The findings suggested that the use of WebQuests as a didactic tool provided a structure for many teachers that supported a change in teaching towards a student-oriented approach. Nevertheless, some stress factors remained, in relation to control of learning, managing time and classroom behaviour and the integration of IT.


Qatar National Science Foundation


Publication title

Teachers and Curriculum








Faculty of Education


Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, Division of Education, University of Waikato

Place of publication

New Zealand

Rights statement

Copyright 2019 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Repository Status

  • Open

Socio-economic Objectives

Pedagogy; Teacher and instructor development