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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.
  • 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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  • Higher Education | United Arab Emirates | UAE | Al Qasimi Foundation | Research

    Academic Staff in the UAE: Unsettled Journey

    David Chapman, Ann Austin, Samar Farah, Elisabeth Wilson, Natasha Ridge
    August 20, 2013

    This study investigated how instructors in United Arab Emirates higher education institutions view their professional employment, the extent of their identification and engagement with their institutions, and how their views are shaped by the national and institutional contexts in which they work. Article available through: Higher Education Policy advance online publication, 20 August 2013; doi:10.1057/hep.2013.19

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  • High school | Secondary school | Dropout | Gender | United Arab Emirates | Al Qasimi Foundation

    Patterns and Perceptions in Male Secondary School Dropouts in the United Arab Emirates

    Natasha Ridge, Samar Farah, Soha Shami
    February 01, 2013

    The impact of socioeconomic status, family, and school experiences on the school continuation decision has been well-documented in Western literature. To date, however, no empirical studies have been conducted on the Gulf region. Using a sample of 149 dropouts and 347 non-dropouts, this study is the first to apply a mixed-methods comparative design to explore the patterns and trends in male dropout rates across government schools in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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  • Emirati Males | Higher Education | United Arab Emirates | UAE | Dropout

    The 30%: Who are the Males in Higher Education in the UAE?

    Natasha Ridge, Samar Farah
    April 10, 2012

    In the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other surrounding Gulf Arab nations, an increasing number of males are opting out of higher education. In the UAE, fewer than 30% of students attending public higher education institutions are male. Little, however, is known about why some males choose to continue their education and others do not. This policy paper, which is drawn from the first part of a study on understanding male enrollment patterns in the UAE, looks at a sample of males who have continued on to higher education.

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