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Author Saudelli, Mary Gene, author

Title The balancing act : international higher education in the 21st century / Mary Gene Saudelli ; foreword by Jennifer Rowsell
Published Rotterdam, The Netherlands ; Boston : Sense Publishers, [2015]
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Contents TABLE OF CONTENTS -- FOREWORD: A Place to Call Home -- REFERENCES -- MODULE 1: EXPLORING THE CONTEXT AND THE THEORIES -- CHAPTER 1: SETTING THE STAGE: Introducing Dubai Women's College and the United Arab Emirates -- INTRODUCTION -- My Role as an International Educator and Researcher -- The Context: Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- Dubai Women's College, Higher Colleges of Technology -- Defining Terms -- Limitations of This Book -- Outline of the Book -- How to Think about and Use This Book -- CONCLUSION -- CHAPTER 2: CONSTRUCTIVIST LEARNING THEORY AND CONTEMPORARY DEBATES -- INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER 5: INTRODUCING 21ST CENTURY TEACHING & LEARNING AND THE EMIRATI LEARNERS -- INTRODUCTION -- What is 21st Century Teaching & Learning? -- Twenty-first Century Assessment -- The Learners -- The Nature of DWC Students -- CONCLUSION -- NOTE -- CHAPTER 6: MAKING LEARNING MEANINGFUL: Trans-Disciplinary 21st Century Curriculum -- INTRODUCTION -- Three Trans-Disciplinary Curricular Tasks -- Semester 1, Learning Cycle 1 -- Semester 1, Learning Cycle 2 -- Semester 2, Learning Cycles 3 and 4 -- STRENGTH: EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING, AUTHENTICITY & RELEVANCE -- TENSIONS: HD1 CURRICULUM -- Semester 1
CHAPTER 8: BALANCING ISSUES AND EXPLORING BOUNDARIES: Emirati Culture and 21st Century Curriculum -- INTRODUCTION -- What Does it Mean to Teach for Cultural Relevance? -- Balancing the 'Here' in Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in the UAE? -- Embracing Students' Experiences in Teaching and Learning -- Sensitivity with Learners' Personal Issues -- Group Work & Tribal Affiliation -- Teaching for Emirati Female Empowerment vs. Rules, Rules, Rules -- CONCLUSION -- CHAPTER 9: GLOBALIZATION ON STEROIDS: 21st Century Curriculum and Societal Change in Dubai -- INTRODUCTION
Constructivist Learning Theory -- CONCLUSION -- CHAPTER 3: ADULT LEARNERS, SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION AND CHANGE THEORIES -- INTRODUCTION -- Adult Learning Theory -- Transformative Learning Theory -- SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION AND CHANGE THEORIES -- Structural Functionalist Theory -- Empowerment Theory and Emancipatory Education -- Change Theory -- CONCLUSION -- MODULE 2: PRESENTING THE EDUCATORS, LEARNERS AND CURRICULUM -- CHAPTER 4: INTRODUCING THE INTERNATIONAL EDUCATORS -- INTRODUCTION -- The International Educators -- Tensions for International Educators -- CONCLUSION -- NOTE
The Challenge of Teaching Critical Thinking -- The Challenge of Teaching Learners to Conduct Research -- CONCLUSION -- MODULE 3: DELVING INTO THE LEARNING CONTEXT, RELIGION, CULTURE, SOCIETY AND LANGUAGE -- CHAPTER 7: ENCOUNTERING ISLAM IN THE CLASSROOM: Faith and 21st Century Curriculum -- INTRODUCTION -- Defining Faith, Beliefs and Values -- Perspectives on Faith in Education -- What Does it Mean to Teach in This Islamic Context -- Islam and the Classroom at DWC -- Faith-Based Sensitivities and Controversial Issues -- Editing Knowledge -- Censorship and Faculty Self-Censorship -- CONCLUSION
Summary "Why is it important to learn about higher education in international contexts? Why learn about curriculum, teaching, and learning at Dubai Womenℓ́ℓs College of the Higher Colleges of Technology? Global education systems have remarkable contributions to make to understandings of 21st century curriculum, teaching, and learning. Adult educators across the globe are exploring how to make learning meaningful in a world that is experiencing change, global migration, rapid development, cross-cultural communication demands, and systems with mandates for accountability and international standardized measures of quality. Dubai is an Emirate in the United Arab Emirates that has experienced these issues, which have had a profound impact on higher education for Emirati women. The international educators who contributed to this book reveal how they designed and implemented a curriculum that represented a complex balancing act replete with recognition of local, global, religious, cultural, and societal implications. There is no other book like The Balancing Act: International Higher Education in the 21st Century. It reveals the nature of a highly devoted team of international educators who designed a contextually and globally relevant transdisciplinary, 21st century curriculum. ℓ́ℓDr. Mary Gene Saudelli has tremendous knowledge and experience with delivering world class education in the Middle East. She has a deep commitment to progressive education and an understanding of global mindedness. It is wonderful that she shares her research on a wide range of topics in educational curriculum and global issues. In The Balancing Act: International Higher Education in the 21st Century, Dr. Saudelli opens the dialogue of reciprocity in learning from higher education in diverse contexts. This book honours Emirati womenℓ́ℓs backgrounds and differences, yet cherishes the uniqueness of the international educators involved in this study.ℓ́ℓ ℓ́ℓ Kim Critchley, Dean and CEO, University of Calgary in Qatar."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed February 23, 2016)
Subject International education -- Study and teaching (Higher)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 946300016X (electronic bk.)
9789463000161 (electronic bk.)