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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.

  • 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.

  • Diet and eating habits of expectant parents and families in Ras Al Khaimah, Emirates: an exploratory study

    Steen, Mottershead, Idriss, Parletta, Ellahi, & Kumardhas
    June 26, 2017

    Obesity is a problem of epidemic proportions around the globe and has reached alarming levels in the Arab Gulf countries. It is now recognized that intergenerational effects of poor diet on children’s health are perpetuated directly by obesity and diabetes in pregnant women. In addition, parental eating habits can contribute to the development of unhealthy diets in children. However, there are no studies focusing on expectant parents and their families in United Arab Emirates (UAE). This study uncovers several main themes influencing eating habits, and this paper presents strategies to positively influence family healthy eating habits in the region.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Forum for International Research In Education, GCES, GCC, UAE, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Education, Youth, Education Research, Research, Arab World, Capacity Development, Comparative Education, Higher Education, Ras Al Khaimah, Parental Involvement, Private Education, Regional Research, Skills Formation

    FIRE: Forum for International Research In Education (Volume 3, Issue 2, 2016) Special Edition from the GCES 2015 Symposium

    Multiple Authors
    December 13, 2016

    This special edition of FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education celebrates the rich variety of research brought together at the 6th Annual Gulf Comparative Education Society (GCES) Symposium in April 2015. The symposium's focus, "Inclusion not Exclusion: Comparative Educational Perspectives at the Heart of Sustainable Development in the Gulf States," brought together a range of speakers from across the region and around the world. This peer-reviewed edition includes a sampling of papers presented during the meeting.