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Education in the United Arab Emirates

Innovation and Transformation

  • Kay Gallagher

About this book


This book provides an overview of the evolution of education in the United Arab Emirates from its humble beginnings in palm frond huts, to today’s proliferation of prestigious international schools and global university branch campuses. The chapter authors are academic experts who have extensive first-hand experience of contemporary developments in the country’s various educational sectors. The book addresses innovations and transformations in Early Childhood Education, Higher Education, K-12 Schooling, Language Education in Arabic and English, Quality Assurance, Special Needs, STEM Education, and Teacher Education and Professional Development.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Kay Gallagher
    • 1
  1. 1.Zayed UniversityAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates

About the editors

Kay Gallagher is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean in the College of Education at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi. Kay has been working in Higher Education in the United Arab Emirates since the mid-1990s, and was formerly Chair of the Education Department at Abu Dhabi Women’s College, and later, Head of Education Studies at Emirates College for Advanced Education, Abu Dhabi Teachers’ College. Accordingly, she has extensive insider experience and expert knowledge of the education system in the Emirates. Kay’s research interests include teacher education, teaching and learning, language-in-education and translanguaging.

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