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Title: Women ESL teachers' perception about their roles and professional development needs in Qatar’s education for a new era
Author: Al-Obaidli, Kholode
ISNI:       0000 0004 2686 6021
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2010
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Research shows that successful educational reform is multi-faceted requiring rigorous planning and investment in teacher professional development. The focus of this study is women ESL teachers in Qatar’s public school educational reform, Education for a New Era which created 36 publicly funded Independent Schools with a standards-based curriculum using English as a Second Language as the medium of instruction in mathematics and science. The research investigated the perceptions of women ESL teachers regarding Qatar’s reforms and their experiences using new approaches to teaching ESL. Professional development needs were also identified. A mixed method approach was used. A questionnaire was distributed to 233 women ESL teachers and 18 semi-structured interviews conducted. Generally, teachers valued increased freedom, but expressed a lack of support, and noted increased workloads and conflicts between professional roles and private lives. Change facilitators were seen as supportive. Views about school administrators varied.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: LB Theory and practice of education ; LB2300 Higher Education