Crossing the Barriers: Culturally Diverse Teachers Teaching in Culturally Diverse Mixed Abilities Classrooms in the United Arab Emirates
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
Prof. Eman Gaad
Senior Lecturer, Institute of Education, The British University in Dubai