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Listening to and Supporting Teachers in the United Arab Emirates: Promoting Educational Success for the Nation

Goe, Laura; Alkaabi, Alanood Khalifa; Tannenbaum, Richard J.
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ETS Research Report
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United Arab Emirates, Teachers, Professional Development, Teacher Retention, Teacher Attitudes, Expectations, Job Satisfaction, Teacher Mentoring, Networking, Classroom Management, Teacher Student Relationship, Special Needs Students, Teacher Effectiveness, Focus Groups


In this study, we provide insights into the experiences of teachers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in order to identify concerns and develop strategies to support teachers' development and retention in the profession. Researchers interviewed 94 teachers from public and private schools across the UAE in four focus groups. Interviews focused on six constructs related to their work as teachers, including teachers' motivation to join the profession, teaching practices, challenges encountered, professional development, job satisfaction, and suggestions for change. The study team analyzed and coded these responses to develop a consensus interpretation. We present our findings with the goal of encouraging further consideration about how best to support teachers through better understanding their needs.

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