Crossing the Barriers: Culturally Diverse Teachers Teaching in Culturally Diverse Mixed Abilities Classrooms in the United Arab Emirates

By:
Prof. Eman Gaad
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This is a qualitative study aimed at examining the challenges involved when culturally diverse experienced teachers teach in culturally diverse mixed abilities classrooms in the UAE. Five master level research students who came from five different countries — India, Egypt, UAE, Jordon, and the UK — participated in a qualitative study that examines challenges involved when teaching culturally diverse mixed abilities classrooms in the UAE. The researcher used interviews with participants as the main research method. Participants were also asked to produce a reflective experience-based report on managing diversity in the classroom. The analysis of data showed many complex challenges that face culturally diverse teachers when teaching in culturally diverse mixed abilities classrooms in the UAE.


Keywords: Culturally Diverse Teachers, Diversity in the Classroom, United Arab Emirates
Stream: Learning, Education, Training
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Crossing the Barriers: Culturally Diverse Teachers Teaching in Culturally Diverse Mixed Abilities Classrooms in the United Arab Emirates


Prof. Eman Gaad

Senior Lecturer, Institute of Education, The British University in Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Dr Gaad is a Senior Lecturer in Special Education at the British University in Dubai and an Honorary Lecturer, School of Education, The University of Birmingham, UK. She is a Special Needs Programme Co-ordinator for Master Level students and a Special Needs Module Designer and Tutor. Before joining British University in Dubai Dr Gaad was an Assistant Professor at the United Arab Emirates University. She has also lectured at the School of Education and Professional Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England where she worked with international students. Dr Gaad has taught children with Special Needs in Egypt and have also worked as a teacher of children with severe learning difficulties (all age ranges 3-19) and a SEN support teacher in the mainstream (UK).

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