Title: A study investigating the factors influencing predominant teaching strategies used in American curriculum schools in the United Arab Emirates

Authors: Marwa Eltanahy; Solomon Arulraj David

Addresses: The British University in Dubai, Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), 1st and 2nd Floor, Block 11, P.O. Box 345015, Dubai, UAE ' The British University in Dubai, Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), 1st and 2nd Floor, Block 11, P.O. Box 345015, Dubai, UAE

Abstract: There has been a great emphasis on the relationship between teaching strategies and curriculum implementation processes where teachers are the actual implementers of the curriculum. Thus, their choices of the suitable teaching strategies represent the quality of teaching offered to learners. The purpose of the study is to investigate the predominant teaching strategies used by science, mathematics, and technology (SMT)-teachers in US curriculum schools in UAE and to identify the most effective factors that influence their way to select these SMT-teaching strategies. A mixed method approach is adopted to fulfil the purpose of the study by conducting an online questionnaire for teachers and a face-to-face interview with the schools' academic supervisors. The results revealed that teachers in UAE are recently applying what is called 'engaging lectures' where both traditional and innovative teaching strategies are combined. Additionally, the main factors that drive teachers to select their teaching strategies are identified.

Keywords: teaching strategies; curriculum implementation; UAE; science; mathematics; technology; teachers; American curriculum schools; attributes of teaching strategies; traditional teaching; innovative teaching; engaging lectures.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTCS.2018.093561

International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies, 2018 Vol.9 No.3, pp.275 - 290

Received: 10 Apr 2017
Accepted: 14 Feb 2018

Published online: 11 Jul 2018 *

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