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|Title: ||Managing education in the United Arab Emirates: a case study in school development|
|Authors: ||Al Suwaidi, Eissa|
|Keywords: ||School management|
United Arab Emirates
|Issue Date: ||2003|
|Publisher: ||© Eissa Al Suwaidi|
|Abstract: ||The current educational system in the UAE does not reflect the economic
and social status of the country. The country is one of the leading oil producers
and petrochemical manufacturers in the world, with a proven oil reserve of more
than 98 billion barrels. This wealth has been reflected on most aspects of life
including an advanced infrastructure, and prepared the country for the new
However, this wealth has not equally affected the educational system. It is
true that the numbero f studentsw as doubledm oret han 10 times in the pastt hree
decades, but the quality of education did not change enough to meet the
requirements and challenges of the new century.
This thesis examines an innovative educational project aimed at bridging the
gap between the education system output and the country's future needs. The
project is based on a model school that is designed to enhance the students'
academic standards more than the other governmental schools do. The thesis covers a number of issues in ten chapters. It starts with an
introduction in chapter one followed by a comprehensive background of the UAE
as a country and its educational system in chapter two. Chapter three covers a
theoretical framework of the education change process supported by a review of
the literature. Chapters four to six are devoted to the model school project. In
chapter four the origins of the model school are discussed, while the major
changes implemented in the model school are presented in chapter five. These
changes cover the areas of: teacher motivation, student motivation, time allocated
for education, education materials, and teachers' professional development.
Chapter six clarifies the method by which teachers are allocated to work in
the model school and the way students are selected to join the school. The case
study methodology adopted in this thesis is explained in chapter seven.
In ordert o evaluatet he models choolp rojectt he thesisi ncludest wo strands.
Strand one is the students' achievement test, and strand two is teacher perception
of the changes in the model school. Strand one, which is discussed in chapter
eight, compares the achievement test results of third grade students in the model
school to that of other schools in Abu Dhabi Education Zone. Strand two which is
discussed in chapter nine evaluates the teachers' perception of the changes
implemented in the model school. Chapter 10 discusses the relevance of current
literature on educational change to the educational system in the UAE.
Conclusions and recommendations are presented in chapter eleven.|
|Description: ||A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.|
|Appears in Collections:||PhD Theses (Design School)|
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