Science Education in the Arab Gulf States

Visions, Sociocultural Contexts and Challenges

  • Nasser Mansour
  • Saeed Al-Shamrani

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. The Current Practices and Challenges in Science Education in the Arab Gulf States

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Hiya Almazroa, Saeed Al-Shamrani
      Pages 3-21
    3. Sulaiman M. Al-balushi, Abdullah K. Ambusaidi
      Pages 23-47
  3. The Reforms and Innovations of Science Education in the Arab Gulf States

  4. The Sociocultural Issues of the Science Education in the Arab Gulf States

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Maher Mohammed Alarfaj
      Pages 155-168
    3. Abdullah Ambusaidi, Sulaiman Al-Balushi
      Pages 189-203
    4. Ahmad S. Alshammari, Nasser Mansour, Nigel Skinner
      Pages 205-223
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 225-243

About this book


The book introduces the development of science education in the Arab Gulf states and presents a critical analysis of current issues and concerns in educational research in science education. The key purpose is to provide some perspectives on the state of science education in Gulf and to share experiences with international scholars about the impact of the innovations and reforms implemented in science education in Arabian Gulf. But Science Education in the Arab Gulf States also intends to present new visions and to make suggestions and recommendations about the contribution of science education to prepare students in the knowledge age.
The volume is organised into three main sections. The first section addresses the current practices and challenges in science education in some of the Arab Gulf states. This section sheds critically the light on the challenges and problems that hinder or constrain the implementation of innovations in science education. The second section analyses the science educational reforms and innovations that are being implemented in the Arabian Gulf. This section presents experiences and research with using new approaches to teaching and learning in science classrooms in some of the Arab Gulf states. The third section discusses the socio-cultural issues that have impacted on shaping and reshaping the science education in the Arabian Gulf. This section focuses on exploring the socio-cultural factors that influence engagement and non-engagement in science education. It also explores how socio-cultural issues and contexts guide the reform of science education in the Arabian Gulf and presents various examples of how we can respond to cultural issues.



science education in Gulf Arab states science educational reforms in the Arabian Gulf sociocultural contexts of science education

Editors and affiliations

  • Nasser Mansour
    • 1
  • Saeed Al-Shamrani
    • 2
  1. 1.Exeter UniversityUK
  2. 2.The Excellence Research Center of Science and Mathematics Education (ECSME)King Saud UniversitySaudi Arabia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2015
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-049-9
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