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  • The Challenges and Implications of a Global Decline in the Educational Attainment and Retention of Boys

    October 30, 2017

    Over the past two decades, policymakers, international organizations, and scholars focusing on gender and education have largely concentrated their efforts on issues relating to girls. However, results from recent international assessments, coupled with data on higher education enrollment rates, have led to a new concern about the performance and retention of males -particularly those from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

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  • Improving Arab Students’ Academic Achievement: The Crucial Role of Rapid Reading and Grammar Mastery in the Early Grades

    Helen Abadzi
    September 30, 2017

    The results of international assessments suggest that Arab students are falling behind students in other countries in terms of their academic performance and reading comprehension levels. Research suggests that Arab students may be struggling due to visual, linguistic, and social obstacles. This study uses perspectives from cognitive science to offer recommendations linked to how improving reading comprehension in the early grades can potentially have a positive effect on students' achievement levels and performance on international assessments.

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  • The Need for Ability Grouping in English Classes in Public Schools in the UAE

    Christine Howling
    August 31, 2017

    Lack of English proficiency among secondary school graduates is a significant issue in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as English is the medium of instruction in federal universities. Due to this, one-third of the UAE government’s university budget is spent on remedial courses that seek to develop the English-language skills of incoming university students (Salem & Swan, 2014).

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  • NORRAG News 54: Education, Training and Agenda 2030: What Progress One Year On?

    Various Authors
    July 01, 2017

    The Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research is pleased to partner with NORRAG to make select articles from its most recent edition of NORRAG News available in Arabic. Published twice a year, NORRAG News is a digital analytical report with articles addressing the policy implications of research findings and the potential impact of new policies on international education and training formulated by development agencies, foundations, and NGOs. Articles are selected for Arabic translation based on their relevance and potential interest to policymakers in the MENA region.

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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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  • The Status of Teaching and Teacher Professional Satisfaction in the United Arab Emirates

    Elizabeth Buckner
    May 31, 2017

    This paper examines teacher satisfaction in the United Arab Emirates. First, it examines the overall level of professional satisfaction among teachers in Abu Dhabi using data from the OECD’s 2013 Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS). It finds that there is a significant gap in overall teacher satisfaction that is driven by higher rates of satisfaction among expatriate teachers than Emirati teachers. It also finds that the perceived value of the teaching profession is a large and statistically significant predictor of teachers’ professional satisfaction. The second part of the paper investigates the reasons for this satisfaction gap further.

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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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  • GCES, Gulf comparative education society, Al Qasimi Foundation, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

    Seventh Annual GCES Symposium: Innovation and Transformation: Values, Challenges, and Prospects for Education in the GCC

    March 31, 2017

    The Gulf Comparative Education Society (GCES) held its seventh annual symposium under the sponsorship of the Arab Open University Kuwait, the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research from April 5th to 7th, 2016. Entitled “Innovation and Transformation: Values, Challenges, and Prospects for Education in the GCC,” the symposium was held at the Arab Open University in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

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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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  • Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research 2016 Annual Report

    Al Qasimi Foundation
    January 31, 2017

    The Al Qasimi Foundation spent 2016 investing in its research and programmatic endeavors, deepening and widening our engagement in issues related to education, public health, urban development and arts and culture. While pursuing these focus areas, we also took a closer look at our relationships with stakeholders, who motivate us and help us to remain committed to research and development initiatives.

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