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Becoming and re‐becoming a teacher in the Arabian Peninsula: Amal’s story of hope

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This paper is an account of the early career narrative of a young Emirati teacher, Amal, against the backdrop of the radical reformation of state schooling underway in the United Arab Emirates. Amal’s decision to become a teacher was influenced by negative school experiences in her own childhood, thus fuelling her desire to ‘have a hand in changing things’. Although one of the very first of her compatriots to acquire an appropriate initial English language teaching qualification, within a few years of starting to teach she finds her qualification obsolete. Amal’s story of becoming and re‐becoming a teacher offers unique insights into the shifting sands of school reform and the challenges it poses to local teachers, and highlights the need for capacity building for a sustainable, locally grounded, quality state school system.
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Keywords: United Arab Emirates; school reform; teacher education; teacher narrative

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Faculty of Education,University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Publication date: 01 May 2011

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