Teaching Cooking Skills to Young Women with Mild Intellectual Disability: The Effectiveness of Internet Websites

  • Hanadi Hussein Alqahtani University of Tabuk
  • Naomi A. Schoenfeld Rivier University
Keywords: cooking, video modeling, intellectual disabilities, websites, life skills


The purpose of this preliminary study was to evaluate the effectiveness of using streaming video websites to improve, maintain, and generalize the cooking (meal-making) skills of four young women (18-22 years old) diagnosed with intellectual disabilities. A pre-experimental design was used to evaluate the effectiveness of a web-based multimedia program. Instruction consisted of supported viewing and imitation of cooking videos available online, with students searching for a video of the desired recipe, viewing it, and then imitating the video’s sequence of steps to complete the cooking task. Results were assessed by means of a questionnaire administered to each participant’s primary caregivers, and indicated that the structured use of the websites was effective in improving students’ meal-making skills. Implications and suggestions for future research are also discussed.

Author Biographies

Hanadi Hussein Alqahtani, University of Tabuk
Dr. Hanadi Alqahtani is currently an Assistant Professor of special education and Department Chair of special education at the University of Tabuk in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Additionally, Hanadi has presented at national and global education conferences on a variety of issues relating to the barriers to E-learning, Special education, curriculum development, and teacher preparation. Hanadi earned her B.A. and  M.A in Special Education (Intellectual Disabilities) from Jordan University. She received her Doctorate in Special Education, with a focus on teaching language skills, from The Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt.
Naomi A. Schoenfeld, Rivier University
Dr. Naomi A. Schoenfeld is currently Associate Professor at Rivier University, where she teaches and advises in the areas of special education, emotional/behavioral disorders, and research methodology. Dr. Schoenfeld holds teaching certifications in special education,  a Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University, a M.Ed in Special Education from the University of Arizona, and a B.A. in psychology from Queens College, CUNY. Her work focuses on effective practices in special education, including positive behavioral supports, teacher training and professional development, and enhancing practice-to-research.
How to Cite
Alqahtani, H., & Schoenfeld, N. (2014). Teaching Cooking Skills to Young Women with Mild Intellectual Disability: The Effectiveness of Internet Websites. Current Issues in Education, 17(2). Retrieved from https://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/1302