Creating a High-performing Education System in the UAE: Improving Teacher Quality

Conference: The Barcelona Conference on Education (BCE2022)
Title: Creating a High-performing Education System in the UAE: Improving Teacher Quality
Stream: Professional Training, Development & Concerns in Education
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Panel Presentation
Mark Baildon, United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates
Neeli Mohammed Awad Alnuaimi, Tefil Alemarat KG, United Arab Emirates
Diala Alshappi, Al Dhafra Private School, United Arab Emirates
Aysha Ateeq Ali Alnuaimi, Al Daher School, United Arab Emirates
Reem Khalifa Mohammed Alhajri, Almabada School, United Arab Emirates


Although the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the most rapidly improving education systems in the world (OECD, 2015), its Ministry of Education has initiated ambitious education reforms to develop a world class system. The reforms are intended to significantly improve schooling and classroom practice by enhancing teacher quality and leadership capacity. In this panel presentation, the first panelist will provide an overview of UAE contexts, reform efforts, perspectives on teacher quality in high-performing education systems, and the role of culture in these matters. This will be followed by the next panelist who will examine the problem of attracting males into the teaching profession in the UAE and the role of culture and policy in this issue. Since UAE reforms emphasize English language acquisition to enhance international standing, the third panelist will discuss the importance of improving teachers’ English language proficiency as well as getting necessary professional development to boost their students’ performance in English. While the UAE is a highly diverse society, the fourth panelist will consider the state of multicultural education in the UAE and highlight the important role this must play in developing teacher quality. Since students in some countries with higher PISA scores reported comparatively low life satisfaction (PISA, 2017), the fifth panelist takes up the important issue of emotional intelligence for educational leaders to meet the significant challenges they and their students and teachers may face as the UAE aspires to be a top-tier education system. Time will be allotted for questions and answers.

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