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Title: School effectiveness in the UAE : the educational monitoring system in UAE primary public schools, a case study of the Dubai educational zone.
Author: Hokal, Abdullah Ibrahim Ahmad.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3580 1498
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2000
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The main purpose of this study was to examine the practices involved in the educational monitoring system in the UAE boys' elementary schools. Monitoring the performance of students is considered one of the significant factors in promoting students' achievement and in determining school effectiveness. Process factors are increasingly becoming the concern of the Third W orId countries' research after being confined to the Western countries' research. This study is an attempt to examine and investigate monitoring students' performance, as one of these factors, in the UAE educational system and context. The study is also an attempt to establish a basis that will allow for more comprehensive research in terms of process paradigm. The study involved a qualitative research method in an attempt to gain an indepth insight into the working of the different school staff as well as their perceptions of inspectors as representatives of the central level in the educational monitoring system. TIle study investigated the practices of teachers, headmasters and social workers at the school level. A semi-structured interview was designed to collect data from interviewees in addition to document analysis which is mainly derived from school records and students' pamphlets. The sample used in the study consisted of a number of thirty teachers of different subjects, eight school headmasters, twelve school social workers. The main results of the study showed that most of the practices involved in the process of monitoring the performance of students were ineffectively conducted by the vast majority of practitioners at the school level. The study revealed that the current state of monitoring the performance of students is poor. It showed lack of systematization of data collection, a poor state of communication and coordination amongst the school members, ineffective methods of intervention, poor system of record keeping, and limited use of data collected. In genera~ the educational monitoring system at the school level was found to be ineffective in most of its aspects and practices that form the basis for monitoring the educational performance. Although the study attempted to identify the current state of the educational monitoring system it also revealed that there are many features that characterize the current system and contribute to the ineffectiveness of the educational monitoring system. The findings of this study have many implications for the educationalists and the practitioners as well as for the policy makers at the higher educational and government levels to increase their efforts in order to improve the quality of primary school education in the UAE. Finally, the researcher hopes that the findings of this study provide a basis for recommendations that will contribute to the enhancement of the educational monitoring system at the school level and consequently the improvement of the educational performance and educational provision for all children.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Performance; Students