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ERIC Number: EJ886619
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1366-4530
Teachers' Feelings during Curriculum Change in the United Arab Emirates: Opening Pandora's Box
Troudi, Salah; Alwan, Fatma
Teacher Development, v14 n1 p107-121 Feb 2010
This paper reports partial findings of a qualitative interpretive study of female secondary school English language teachers' perceptions of curriculum change in the United Arab Emirates. The sample consisted of 16 female teachers in three secondary schools who had experience teaching the former and the current English language curricula. Data collection methods included repeated recorded face-to-face semi-structured interviews, member-checking group interviews and document reviews. Interpretation of the data revealed that participants had contradictory affective reactions to curriculum change since they approved of some aspects of change but were disturbed by other aspects. Their feelings evolved with time to become more positive as they became more familiar with the new curriculum. A considerable number of the participants had low morale as they perceived their role in curriculum change as marginal, inferior and passive. Many teachers felt they did not have a voice due to issues of hierarchy and control. The study recommends giving a voice to teachers in curriculum change by involving them in curriculum development processes to eliminate negative psychological effects such as marginalisation and powerlessness.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Arab Emirates