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ERIC Number: EJ1106839
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Preschool Education in Saudi Arabia: Past, Present, and Future
Aljabreen, Haifa Hassan; Lash, Martha
Childhood Education, v92 n4 p311-319 2016
Despite differences in specific teaching styles, nations around the world are united in the belief that early education is essential for preparing children for success throughout their school life and beyond. This tenet is as applicable to the Saudi Arabian early childhood education (ECE) system as it is anywhere else. Yet, little is actually known about preschool in Saudi Arabia, especially beyond the Arabic-speaking world. How might the Saudi system be similar or different from the ECE systems of other countries? How might social, cultural, and economic factors uniquely influence preschools in the Kingdom? Specifically, how might the teachings of Islam, an integral aspect of Saudi culture, be integrated into ECE? And what are the future possibilities for this system, which has experienced so much growth in the last 50 years? Drawing on articles and books on the modern preschool situation in Saudi Arabia, translated from Arabic to English by the first author, this article presents an overview of one of the world's most rapidly growing early childhood education systems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia
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