Essentials of School Education in the United Arab Emirates

Author/s: several co-authors
1st Edition Year: 2012
Edition: First edition
Language: English
Available Languages: العربية
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This book is based on the proceedings of the Second Annual Education Conference of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), entitled “Essentials of School Education in the United Arab Emirates” held on October 3–4, 2011. The Second Annual Education Conference tackled the essentials of school education in the UAE through the examination of various issues including the role of national policies and legislation in developing education systems; the relationship between Emirati society and the education process; domestic and international pedagogical philosophies; fundamentals of teacher training and student development; curricula reform; the role of technology in the advancement of education; and fundamentals necessary to ensure standards of educational excellence in the UAE. This Conference came as a continuation of the vision adopted by the ECSSR that seeks to raise the quality of education, examine future developments and identify obstacles that may impede educational progress in the country. In addition to organizing past seminars, panel sessions and lectures that dealt with educational issues and publishing material on the subject, the ECSSR has formed a strategic outlook specifically for education in the UAE, and the Arabian Gulf region in general, and has undertaken the responsibility of tackling all issues and problems related to this topic.

This strategic outlook for education adopted by the ECSSR is inspired by the leadership in the country, which considers advancing education as the engine of national development and seeks to raise the standard of education in the country to be among the five most advanced educational systems in the world. Therefore, the advancement of education, in quantity and quality, has been at the forefront of development in the country in recognition of it being the key to the knowledge economy and guarantees national progress. In addition, the various strategic development plans drafted by the government depend almost completely on the quality of national education in the coming decades.

The sessions of this Conference and the ensuing discussions and comments compiled in this book have highlighted the importance of research and development related to education—a role that the ECSSR proudly undertakes through its unique events, seminars and lectures attended by some of the best minds in the world of education.

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