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Research Publications

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  • A New Funding Mechanism: Social Impact Bonds and the Implications for the Public Sector

    Dr. Natasha Ridge, Susan Kippels, and Brian Jaewon Chung
    March 18, 2018

    This policy paper explains the growth and motivations behind various stakeholder involvement in Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) and examines current SIB activities across sectors, particularly education.

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  • Education in Ras Al Khaimah and the United Arab Emirates

    Natasha Ridge, Susan Kippels, & Sahar ElAsad
    July 01, 2017

    This Fact Sheet provides on overview of the education sector in the United Arab Emirates, and in particular, Ras Al Khaimah. It outlines the history of the development of formal education in the country, the important regulatory systems and bodies of both the private and public education sectors, the operational and curricular difference between private and public schools, and the demographics of both the students and teachers by region and school type.

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  • Curriculum Development in the United Arab Emirates

    Natasha Ridge, Susan Kippels, and Samar Farah
    April 30, 2017

    With an increasing emphasis on youth development and employability in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made a substantial effort to re- imagine and reform its public education sector. Local education authorities have implemented many reforms to try to shift education from rote memorization toward a skills-based system that prepares students to thrive in the 21st century. This policy paper explores the history of curriculum development in the UAE, the role of various agencies, ministries, and current initiatives as well as the challenges and possibilities that lie ahead on the road of reform. It concludes with recommendations for policymakers relating to the implementation of sustainable curriculum reforms.

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  • Fatherhood, Youth, Education, Research, Education Research, Al Qasimi Foundation

    The Nature and Impact of Arab Father Involvement in the United Arab Emirates

    Natasha Ridge, Soohyun Jeon, Sahar El Asad
    March 28, 2017

    In the Arab World, and in the Gulf in particular, the father has traditionally occupied a unique and integral place, both in his own family and in his wider kinship networks. While much has been written about the role and function of the patriarchy in the Middle East, most of this has been negative, in particular with relation to the impact on women and children. Most of this research has also been qualitative in nature, relying on small sample sizes that make it difficult to extrapolate findings to the general population. As such, information on Arab fathers living in the Gulf and the impact of their lives on their children remains limited.

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  • TEELI, Al Qasimi Foundation, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, Education Quality, Education

    An Experimental Investigation of the Determinants of Teacher Quality: Risk, Patience or Altruism?

    Chetan Dave, Soha Shami, Natasha Ridge
    December 29, 2016

    Teacher quality is often considered one possible factor affecting student achievement. However, existing research has typically focused on easily observable measures such as teachers' content knowledge, years of experience, and education levels. This working paper presents results of a study that explored the impact of unobservable teacher characteristics (behavioral traits) on student achievement in English. Using lab-in-the-field experiments, 118 English teachers in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah participated in risk, patience, and altruism tasks, and results from the experiments were then mapped to their students' performance.

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  • UAE | Ras Al Khaimah | Map | Foundations | Philanthropy | Emirates Foundation | Dubai Cares

    What is the Status of State-funded Philanthropy in the United Arab Emirates?

    Natasha Ridge, Susan Kippels
    May 31, 2016

    Despite the UAE's growing philanthropic sector, there has been no aggregation of information related to state-funded foundations’ various missions, and information on philanthropic activity in the country is scarce. This paper addresses this information gap, providing an overview of state-funded philanthropy in the UAE.

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  • Private Education | Students | Qatar | United Arab Emirates | UAE | Education

    Who Benefits from Private Education in the UAE and Qatar?

    Natasha Ridge, Susan Kippels, Soha Shami, Samar Farah
    June 10, 2015

    Over the last three decades, continued expatriate population growth across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar has created an unprecedented demand for private education. However, a combination of a lack of affordable private education options, monopolistic behaviors of private education providers, and a mix of government regulations have resulted in serious issues surrounding access and quality. This policy paper presents the nature and implications of private school provision for access and equity in K-12 education in the UAE and Qatar.

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  • Private Education | United Arab Emirates | Qatar | Education | Research

    Private Education in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar: Implications and Challenges

    Natasha Ridge, Susan Kippels, Soha Shami
    January 01, 2015

    While researchers have studied the nature and implications of private education provision in the United Kingdom, United States, and other high-income states, no such research has been done in the UAE or Qatar. This research employs a mixed-methods comparative approach to understand the nature of the private education sectors in the UAE and Qatar, examine the ways in which private education providers navigate the regulatory schooling environments in the UAE and Qatar, and assess the impact on education stakeholders, in particular those at the lower ends of the socioeconomic spectrum.

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  • Teacher | Expatriate | Gulf | Research | Education

    Expatriate Teachers and Education Quality in the Gulf Cooperation Council

    Natasha Ridge, Soha Shami, Susan Kippels, Samar Farah
    November 11, 2014

    Throughout recent history, dependency on temporary foreign workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has steadily increased. In the education sector, Arab expatriate teachers account for a significant percentage of the teacher workforce, therefore playing a critical role in determining the quality of the national education systems. This policy paper presents results from a study exploring the perceptions of Arab expatriate teachers in the UAE and Qatar

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  • Natasha Ridge | Education | Gender | Gulf | GCC | Al Qasimi Foundation

    Education and the Reverse Gender Divide in Gulf Cooperation Council Countries: Embracing the Global, Ignoring the Local

    Natasha Ridge
    April 01, 2014

    This book presents a comprehensive, nuanced view of gender and education in the context of resource-rich monarchies of the Arabian Gulf, namely, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Kuwait. In particular, it focuses on the gap between male and female school enrollment and educational achievement, which continues to widen in favor of girls in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

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