Public versus private education in primary science: The case of Abu Dhabi schools
Merryn McKinnon, Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, The Australian National University, Australia ; Lydia Barza, Jase Moussa-Inaty, Zayed University, College of Education, United Arab Emirates
International Journal of Educational Research Volume 62, Number 1, ISSN 0883-0355 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
This study compares public and private science education in sixteen Abu Dhabi primary schools. A survey including open-ended questions was used to assess teachers’ perceived strengths and challenges in teaching science. Perceptions of primary school principals were analyzed through individual interviews. Both sets of data sources were coded and several themes were identified. The predominant findings show that science teaching in Abu Dhabi's schools faces a number of challenges. This study cannot conclude that either public or private education is superior in this context. However, it can begin to delineate how they differ. Many of the identified issues could be addressed by targeted, well-publicized professional development, which focuses on both teaching science content and integrating science throughout the curriculum.
McKinnon, M., Barza, L. & Moussa-Inaty, J. (2013). Public versus private education in primary science: The case of Abu Dhabi schools. International Journal of Educational Research, 62(1), 51-61. Elsevier Ltd.