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Curriculum Development in the United Arab Emirates

Natasha Ridge, Susan Kippels, Samar Farah
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With an increasing emphasis on youth development and employability in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made a substantial effort to re- imagine and reform its public education sector. Local education authorities have implemented many reforms to try to shift education from rote memorization toward a skills-based system that prepares students to thrive in the 21st century. This policy paper explores the history of curriculum development in the UAE, the role of various agencies, ministries, and current initiatives as well as the challenges and possibilities that lie ahead on the road of reform. It concludes with recommendations for policymakers relating to the implementation of sustainable curriculum reforms.

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Author affiliations:

Natasha Ridge, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research

Susan Kippels, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research

Samar Farah, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research

doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18502/aqf.0043

Recommended citation: Ridge, N., Kippels, S., & Farah, S. (2017). Curriculum Development in the United Arab Emirates (Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research Policy Paper No. 18). doi:10.18502/aqf.0043