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Teaching and Learning in the Arab World

Edited By Christina Gitsaki

In the Arab States, globalization and economic development have had a significant effect on education. Serious concerns have been expressed over the state of education in the Arab world. Even in the oil-rich Gulf States, with over 200 higher education institutions, education is problematic with a notable lack of emphasis on specialized science and innovative learning. The Gulf States are in a race to become ‘knowledge economies’ and, as a result, they are promoting educational reforms such as the application of bilingual education models and curricula adopted from the West. This book provides a collection of studies on the state of education in Arab countries with a special focus on the Arabian Gulf, where currently there is increased activity and investment in education. The book is composed of three major sections. The first section is a collection of nine papers on current practices and challenges in education in the Arab world. The second major section is devoted to the educational reforms that are being implemented in the Arabian Gulf. The third and final section is a collection of papers describing new approaches to teaching and learning in the Arab world.

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Preface .......................................................................................... XIII Part I: Current Practices and Challenges in Teaching and Learning in the Arab World Chapter 1 Attitudes toward Learning English: A Case Study of University Students in Saudi Arabia ABBAD ALABBAD, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia CHRISTINA GITSAKI, Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE .............................................................................. 3 Chapter 2 Learner Motivation and Strategy Use among University Students in the United Arab Emirates MICHAEL FIELDS, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE ............... 29 Chapter 3 Factors Affecting Persistence in Post-Secondary Education: A Case Study of Emirati Males GEORGIA DALEURE, Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE ............................................................................ 49 Chapter 4 Teaching Critical Thinking Skills to Arab University Students RANA RADDAWI, American University of Sharjah, UAE ............... 71 VI Table of Contents Chapter 5 Emergent Leadership Development through Undergraduate Research in UAE Classrooms LAUREN STEPHENSON, Zayed University, UAE BARBARA HAROLD, Zayed University, UAE .................................. 93 Chapter 6 Casting Arabic Culture as the ‘Other’: Cultural Issues in the English Curriculum KHAWLAH AHMED, American University of Sharjah, UAE ......... 119 Chapter 7 Arab Student Attitudes towards Varieties of English KEITH KENNETZ, Emirates College for Advanced Education, UAE MELANIE VAN DEN HOVEN, Emirates College for Advanced Education, UAE SCOTT PARKMAN, Emirates College for Advanced Education, UAE ............................................................................. 139 Chapter 8 Teachers’ Attitudes and Practices toward Providing Feedback on Arab EFL Students’ Writing AHMAD AL-ISSA, American University of Sharjah, UAE AIDA ABOU EISSA, Sharjah Education Zone, UAE ....................... 161 Chapter 9 An Investigation of Occupational Stressors and Coping Strategies Among EFL Teachers in the United Arab Emirates JONATHAN AUBREY, University of Sharjah, UAE CHRISTINE COOMBE,...

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