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ERIC Number: ED170216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Educational R&D in Saudi Arabia: An Ethnomethodological Analysis.
Shaker, Paul
Educational development in Saudi Arabia is closely related to Moslem religious belief. A review of the socio/cultural behavior based upon Saudi religious belief can provide insight to educators on how to make educational and research activities in developing nations more relevant to people with a non-Western frame of reference. Among muslims, personal responsibility for the moral ordering of the natural world is considered a strong mandate. Also, important in Moslem culture are male camaraderie, hospitality, personal tranquility, social harmony, refined courtesy, social solidarity, and a view of all activities as integral parts of one's role as a human being. To develop educational programs in accordance with Saudis' frame of reference, educators should devise curriculum so that it consists of integrated and meaningful information along a theme. Educators should also encourage students to use impressions and intuitions when seeking answers and should avoid compartmentalizing data into artificial segments. Educators will devise curriculum which is more relevant to individuals in developing nations if they pay attention to values and social behaviors in the culture they are trying to serve. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers: Saudi Arabia
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)