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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.
  • Higher Education | Professional Development | Ras Al Khaimah | United Arab Emirates

    Professional Development for Faculty and Staff in Ras Al Khaimah's Higher Education Institutions

    Jane Knight
    December 01, 2014

    The purpose of this report and the supporting research is to examine the status of professional development priorities, policies, and practices in Ras Al Khaimah higher education institutions and to identify areas of strength and improvement. Three different institutions participated in the project, and 100 academic faculty and administrative staff were interviewed. The purpose of the interviews was to determine staff’s professional development needs and understanding of policies and practices and to raise their awareness of the nature of continuous learning for an academic professional.

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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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  • Gulf | Comparative Education | GCES | Research | Arab World

    Gulf Comparative Education Society’s Fifth Annual Symposium on Locating the National in the International: Comparative Perspectives on Language, Identity, Policy, and Practice

    Multiple Authors
    October 04, 2014

    The Gulf Comparative Education Society (GCES) held its fifth annual symposium under the sponsorship of the Higher Colleges of Technology, the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, and Middlesex University Dubai from April 8 to 10, 2014. Entitled “Locating the National in the International: Comparative Perspectives on Language, Identity, Policy, and Practice,” the symposium was held at the Dubai Women’s College in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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  • Knowledge Economy | Literacy | Emirati | United Arab Emirates | UAE | Book

    Challenges to Building a "Knowledge Society": The Role of Literacy in Promoting Critical Thinking in the UAE

    Hilda Freimuth
    September 20, 2014

    In its 2021 Vision, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government prioritizes the development of a “knowledge economy” to replace its current oil-driven one. National human capital must be fostered in order to fuel this transformation, and developing human capital involves building the skills and knowledge that drive cutting-edge entrepreneurship and innovation. Therefore, the Vision highlights the need to develop a new generation of creative and critical thinkers. This paper emphasizes the integral role that literacy plays in the achievement of the Vision.

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  • Ras Al Khaimah | United Arab Emirates | UAE | Research | FAQ

    Fact Sheet: Ras Al Khaimah

    Al Qasimi Foundation
    August 02, 2014

    Arabic for "top of the tent," Ras Al Khaimah represents an emirate with a rich history and dynamic presence. As the northernmost emirate continues to develop, this document acquaints readers with Ras Al Khaimah's historic, economic, cultural, governmental, educational, and urban landscapes. This Fact Sheet provides those interested in Ras Al Khaimah with an overview of the emirate as well as a catalogue of relevant sources about the region.

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  • Education Reform | United Arab Emirates | UAE | Teachers | Al Qasimi Foundation

    Education Reform in the UAE: An Investigation of Teachers' Views of Change and Factors Impeding Change in Ras Al Khaimah Schools

    Ruba Tabari
    July 08, 2014

    International research has shown that teachers’ active support is of crucial importance if large-scale education reform is to be implemented effectively. For that reason, a detailed investigation of the teachers’ perceptions related to education reforms in Ras Al Khaimah is valuable. This study was designed to provide insight into teachers’ views of the education reforms in schools in the Ras Al Khaimah Education Zone and includes an analysis of what they perceive would make the reforms more effective.

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  • Urban planning | Al Jazeera | Al Hamra | Sustainable | Al Qasimi Foundation

    Sustainable Desert Development: A Case Study of Al Jazeera Al Hamra

    Samar Zarifa
    June 18, 2014

    The commercial developments lining the coasts of the Arabian Peninsula have various implications for the environment. This paper is interested in the relationship between residents' perceptions of these coastal landscapes and the effects of such extensive developments. Al Jazeera Al Hamra is one of the only fully standing abandoned villages in the Gulf region and carries a rich history and once critical coastal location.

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  • Urban Development | Ras Al Khaimah | Community | United Arab Emirates | Al Qasimi Foundation

    Urban Development Lab: A Participatory Urban Design for Ras Al Khaimah

    ICOS Group
    May 08, 2014

    The Urban Development Lab undertaken in this study is an innovative process that uses perception studies to capture the “tacit knowledge” of the city’s residents with regard to their perceptions and aspirations for Ras Al Khaimah’s urban landscape. The findings of the perception studies and live sessions are combined with global research on best practices in urbanization to begin to develop a culturally-relevant participatory urban design process for this city.

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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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