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Teacher Education, Technology and Education Reform in the United Arab Emirates
Start Date: 1/16/2018Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 1/16/2018End Time: 1:00 PM

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This presentation uses a mixed method, cross-cultural case study to explore and examine professional development strategies for preparing educators in the pedagogical use of instructional technologies (PUIT) in teaching and learning environments by comparing perceptions of educators’ groups in the United States and in the United Arab Emirates. The results suggest that the United Arab Emirates PUIT professional development efforts have 10 strategies that participants perceived as critical gaps in the existing professional development initiatives and 18 others that are highly desirable. Findings further suggest that U.S. PUIT systems could benefit by expanding infrastructure, policy and training.


Joyce Pittman is an associate clinical professor at Drexel University, School of Education, in the Department of Policy, Organization, and Leadership. Currently, Joyce is the Principal Investigator for the-sub-grant, U-Penn-Drexel Global-Teach Connect, Title VI funded project at the University of Pennsylvania, the Middle East Center and the South Asia Center. Her background as a researcher is widespread. Dr. Pittman has served on the Pennsylvania Association of School Superintendents (PASA)- Board of Governors and Chair Research & Development Committee since 2013. Moreover, her work research with and service to WCCI - World Council on Curriculum & Instruction as a Board of Directors member is recognized worldwide through UNESCO NGO activities.

Attendees can view the Colloquium in-person at One Drexel Plaza, room 004 or online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaUL1D6i0X4
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Name: Anthony Hopkins
Phone: 215-895-0900
Email: ajh357@drexel.edu
Drexel University School of Education
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3001 Market St.
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