ERIC Number: EJ724404
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Reflection "On" and "In" Teacher Education in the United Arab Emirates
Clarke, M.; Otaky, D.
International Journal of Educational Development, v26 n1 p111-122 Jan 2006
This article examines the uptake of reflective practice, as one of a number of educational discourses, by student teachers in a new Bachelor of Education degree in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In a recent article, Pat Richardson [2004. International Journal of Educational Development 24(4), 429-436], argued that reflective practice is incongruent with the values of "Arab-Islamic" culture and is therefore not an appropriate approach to promote in teacher education in the UAE. Here we argue that such a view relies on a limited reading of the concept of culture and reduces individuals to cultural "dupes." We also present evidence from student teachers that, far from endorsing the inappropriateness of reflective practice in the UAE context, shows Emirati women wholeheartedly embracing--and doing--reflective practice.
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Arabs, Reflective Teaching, Foreign Countries, Preservice Teacher Education, Culturally Relevant Education, Muslims, Females, Cultural Relevance
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Arab Emirates