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Teaching and Learning in the Arab World

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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List of Reviewers All papers included in this book underwent a rigorous review process. Initially 61 proposals were received of which 30 were selected for a double blind review process that involved a large number of notable academics from a range of universities based in the region. Through this process 21 papers were selected. These papers underwent further review and editing before being published in this book. Below is the list of academics (in alphabetical order) who were involved in the double blind review process. Dr. Khawlah Ahmed, American University in Sharjah, UAE Dr. Rozz Albon, Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE Dr. Iman Alghazo, UAE University, UAE Dr. Ahmad Al Issa, American University in Sharjah, UAE Dr. Othman Alsawaie, UAE University, UAE Dr. Hala Al-Yamani, Bethlehem University, Palestine Dr. Stephen Anderson, Zayed University, UAE Dr. Costantine Antoniou, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE Dr. Naz Awan, British University in Dubai, UAE Dr. Toni Briegel, UAE University, UAE Dr. Mehmet Buldu, UAE University, UAE Dr. Ken Carr, Zayed University, UAE Dr. Christine Coombe, Dubai Men’s College, UAE Dr. Robin Dada, Zayed University, UAE Dr. Georgia Daleure, Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE Dr. Peter Davidson, Zayed University, UAE Dr. Christina Gitsaki, Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE Dr. Melanie Gobert, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE Dr. Mary Ellis, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Dr. Al-Sadig Ezza, Al-Majma’ah University, Saudi Arabia Dr. Katherine Hall, American University in Dubai, UAE 466 List of Reviewers Dr. Lorraine McLeod, UAE University, UAE Dr. Katlin Omair, Sharjah...

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