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Prof. Michal Shany

Prof. Michal Shany
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Current Status
Senior Lecturer (Specialist), Deptartment of Learning Disabilities, Dept. of Advanced and Continuing Studies

Research Interests
Social and emotional aspects among learning disabled children and adults; subgroups of learning disabilities, vocabulary acquisition and intervention programs in low-class populations and different ethnic groups.

Current Projects
Dr. Shelley Shaul and Prof. Michal Shany are conducting a large project in the Neurocognitive Laboratory for Early Childhood: Prevention and Intervention of Learning Disabilities, examining the contribution of executive functions to early literacy skills as well as studying Executive Function as a predictor of early reading, writing and mathematical abilities. Data is currently being analyzed.
Also in the Neurocognitive Laboratory for Early Childhood, Dr. Shaul and Prof. Shany are planning a large scale early literacy study which will follow children from kindergarten to Grade 2 and willbe looking at the different types of learning disabilities, as well as examining early literacy skills among Arabic speaking kindergarten children.
A new computer-based assessment test for learning disabilities in the Arabic-
The test has been developed and piloted. It will be implemented as part of the assessment process starting in September 2014. This is a tool designed to assess the placement of Arabic-speaking students into the appropriate level of RAP training. 
Implementing a standardized test for language, reading and writing disabilities among Arabic-speaking children in grades 1-6. Research Team: Dr. Ibrahim Assadi and Prof. Michal Shany: Following the development of this test, the implementation project will start at the beginning of the coming academic year.
A standardized reading comprehension test. Research team: Prof. Michal Shany, Prof. Tami Katzir, Dr. Anat Prior, Dr. Orly Lipka, Ms. Shira Bleicher: No standardized test currently exists for reading comprehension in Israeli schools, and as such, the Laboratory sees the development of such a test a prime goal for the whole Israeli educational system. 2014-2015 will be dedicated to advancement of the tool.

Publicity
The First Standardized Evaluation to Diagnose Learning Disabilities in the Arabic Language (in Hebrew): 

Publications