Needs Assessment for Effective Inclusion in United Arab Emirates’ Government Schools
In the United Arab Emirates (UAE) there are changes in the way children with special educational needs are receiving their education and their general services. There is a movement towards including them in society and in the education system following the federal law No 29/2006 that was issued to organise and protects the rights for citizens with disabilities. The law came in line with the international movement towards mainstreaming such individuals however there is a desperate need to understand their real needs and requirements in order to serve them better. This is a reserach report on a funded project for a pre-inclusion research project to define and assess the needs in the Emarati contexts in order for effective inclusion to be applied.
||UAE, Needs Assessment, Inclusion, Special Needs, Schools
International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp.159-174.
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Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, The British University in Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dr. Gaad is a Senior lecturer at The British University in Dubai’s Institute of Education, and leads the University’s high quality Masters programme in Special Education. She is currently the Executive Director of UAEDSA (United Arab Emirates Down Syndrome Association) and on Board of Directors of few non-profit organizations in the UAE. She is also on the international advisory board for JORSEN, an international peer-reviewed journal and an associate editor for another. She has a wealth of teaching experience in the UAE and overseas. Prior to joining BUiD in 2004, Dr. Gaad was on the faculty of the UAE University, Department of Special Education for five years and lectured at the School of Education and Professional Development at the University of East Anglia, UK for five years. Dr. Gaad has devoted much of her work to the area of Special Needs and has published the findings of her research work in international journals, such as The British Journal of Special Education, International Journal for Educational Management, JORSEN, and International Journal of Inclusive Studies. Dr. Gaad also works with local communities to help parents of children with special needs to facilitate their placement in regular schools.
Post Graduate Research Student, Education, The British University in Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Roeia Thabet was born in Oman and studied her primary and
secondary education in Arabic government schools similar to
UAE education system. Then she completed most of her studies
in Jordan and UAE universities and has Masters Degree in
Education (International Management and Policy) from The
British University in Dubai. Thesis topic: Do public schools
in UAE foster critical thinking as one of the main
objectives of education?
She is also, a doctoral (Edd) student in International
Management and Policy in the British University in Dubai.
She conducted educational research in government schools in
UAE. The reason of conducting this pilot study (MA
dissertation) was to serve the enhancement of intelligent
behavior as a legitimate goal of education and to invite
critical assessment of existing school practices to the
contribution to students’ instinctual growth and to foster
critical and cognitive thinking in teaching strategies. She
worked as a researcher in the British University in Dubai
which involved a Needs Assessment for Effective Inclusion in
United Arab Emirates’ Government Schools.
Currently she is working as a project Manager in INDEMAJ
which is a non profit organization under the Patronage of
HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of
HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice-President
and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai. It aims to
enable all children with particular focus on children with
special needs in the UAE, and in the region to reach their
full potentials, and become effective participating citizens
of a global productive society.
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