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ERIC Number: EJ1133015
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Private Education in the Absence of a Public Option: The Cases of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar
Ridge, Natasha Y.; Shami, Soha; Kippels, Susan M.
FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education, v3 n2 Article 5 p41-60 2016
In the face of rising demand for private schooling in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar, a lack of affordable schooling options, monopolistic behavior of private education providers, and unpredictable government regulations have created a complex and unequal education sector. This research employs a mixed methods comparative approach to explore the ways in which private education providers navigate the regulatory schooling environments and assess the impact on education stakeholders in the UAE and Qatar. The study finds that there are considerable socioeconomic differences in terms of who has access to schooling and that a growing for-profit education sector may be deepening existing inequities in both countries, leaving poorer expatriate families only able to access low-quality education or in the worst cases, unable to access education at all. The promise of non-profit providers as a viable alternative to ensure access is explored.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Private Education, Mixed Methods Research, Comparative Education, Comparative Analysis, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Private Sector, Socioeconomic Influences, Access to Education, Equal Education, Educational Quality, Educational Legislation, Fees, Educational Practices, Parent Surveys, Teacher Surveys, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Arab Emirates; Qatar