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Item21st Century Schools’ Leaders: the Lead Teachers’ Positive Influence on the Teachers and the Students A Study in a Private School in Dubai(The British University in Dubai (BUiD), 2018-10) SUBRI, NOUR ABDULLAH MAHMOUDThis research study investigates the influence of the lead teachers’ role on the teachers’ motivation and professional development, and it explores the influence of the lead teachers’ role on the teaching and learning process along with the main challenges that face the lead teachers in their role in a private school in Dubai. The aim in this study to examine the positive relationship between the effective lead teachers’ role with the improvement in the teaching and learning process, teachers’ motivation to work, and teachers’ professional development. Triangulation method was adopted in research for completeness and conformity purposes; a close-ended questionnaire (quantitative data) was sent to 104 teachers in the school, and standardized open-ended interviews were conducted with 20 lead teachers in different schools in Dubai who are currently in their role. The researcher received 37 responses only out of 104 teachers in the mentioned school. Survey Monkey Software was used in collecting and presenting the quantitative data while Nvivo Software was used in presenting the qualitative data. SPSS Software was used in analyzing the quantitative data. The analysis of the quantitative data of the study shows that there is a positive relationship between the effective lead teachers and the improvement in teaching and learning process, teacher’ motivation to work, and teachers professional development. In corresponding with the analysis of the quantitative data, the qualitative data reconsolidates and confirms the quantitative data findings, and it indicates that lead teachers face many challenges in their role as teachers and leaders in the same time that constrains their work such as time and resources shortage, work overload and teachers’ reluctant. At the end of the study, the research study’s limitations were highlighted and few recommendations were suggested in the further studies in the future in order to cover and to include other leadership aspects that could affect on the schools’ improvement in UAE. ItemAn Exploration of the Metaverse in Higher Education in the UAE(The British University in Dubai (BUiD), 2023-12) ABUKHALAF, SIHAM; Professor Christopher HillThis study explored stakeholders’ knowledge and perceptions of a cutting-edge technology known as the Metaverse; looking specifically at its potential benefits and challenges of integration into the higher education sector. Data collection was employed through a mixed-methods triangulation design, which included (a) surveys with university students and professors, (b) interviews with leaders and educators, followed by (c) focus group discussions with undergraduate students. The total number of participants was 300, consisting of 232 university students, 62 educators, and 6 educational leaders. A detailed, systematic analysis of both the quantitative and qualitative data revealed that educators and leaders have more understanding of the Metaverse compared to students. However, although they are more familiar with the concept of the Metaverse, they do not have adequate experience with it in an educational context. Notably, the vast majority of students also lacked experience with it, and had practical concerns about how studying in the Metaverse would be. Ultimately, this study presents stakeholders’ perceptions of the Metaverse in the context of the United Arab Emirates, and the findings indicate that they believe it has potential to be used for teaching and learning at university-level. ItemAn investigation of the United Arab Emirates’ Performance and Progress on PISA Assessments: A Comparative Analysis of Multiple Case Studies(The British University in Dubai (BUiD), 2023-11) EL FARES, HAMZA SALEH; Professor Christopher HillThe participation of nations in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has seen a significant surge in numbers throughout the last decade. These large-scale assessments contribute to the acquisition of a profound comprehension of the similarities and differences across international teaching and learning environments. PISA has emerged as a prominent tool for assessing the equity, quality, and effectiveness of educational systems. The purpose of this study is to carry out a comparative analysis of UAE performance in PISA assessments in relation to the performance of UK, Singapore, and Finland, identify the variables that contribute to favourable PISA scores, and finally provide the UAE with a set of recommendations and suggestions to promote the achievement of higher results in future PISA rounds, ultimately aiming to improve the country's ranking among other countries. This study employs a comparative approach to analyse multiple case studies, using quantitative methodologies and relying on secondary data sources. The study examines the results of PISA assessments of UAE, UK, Singapore, and Finland across the domains of Mathematics, Reading, and Science throughout multiple rounds. The research emphasizes that the implementation of appropriate reforms in educational systems and promoting educational initiatives, might have a substantial impact on enhancing the performance of UAE in PISA assessments. These findings are drawn from the analysis of experiences in other countries that were included in the study. The study provides significant benefits for policy makers in UAE when they consider incorporating the research suggestions into the development of educational policies, as well as their subsequent implementation. Additionally, the outcomes of this study will serve as a valuable resource for future academics, enabling them to undertake other investigations in a similar vein. ItemAn Analysis of Student’s Engagement During Distance Learning in Abu Dhabi Schools(The British University Institue In Dubai (BUID), 2021-10) SAIF, FATIMA SHAKER ABDULLAAs resources and contemporary technology become more freely accessible, distance learning courses are growing more popular. New learning approaches have also been developed. In which online learning systems, now have the capacity to increase student participation and engagement, which can also be used to assess students' degrees of positive and negative outcomes during distant learning. Teachers' attitudes on supporting, promoting, and accepting e-learning activities for their students will be investigated in this study. The goal is to gather useful information about instructors' and students' perspectives of distance and online learning in the Abu Dhabi area. The results of this research will help to map out how to increase student and teacher satisfaction and productivity with distance learning during and after the epidemic. To conducting the study, a quantitative approach has been taken to effectively find the data and results for the desired objectives. The most efficient method would be by using the descriptive research technique or instrument, in which it would be used to obtain effective findings from the quantitative research method that would be the research design kind. It is for this reason that a descriptive research method or instrument would be extremely beneficial in obtaining detailed information regarding students', instructors', and parents' personal analyses. Furthermore, effective survey questioning has been done among the respondents to analyze and compile the results of the research-based students, teachers, and parents. Most students have good attitudes regarding the educational learning process and believe participating in such processes to be beneficial, according to the study. Student satisfaction was shown to be influenced by course outline, teacher feedback, self-motivation, learning preferences, engagement, and instructor facilitation. Moreover, when it comes to expressing with academic staff at certain times, students are not restricted or confined in any manner. Due to the pandemic prevalence and repercussions, face-to-face lectures have been replaced with online distance learning, which was considered as an alternative learning strategy based on the use of technology. Such as smartphones, computers, and other devices in both organized and unstructured scenarios. ItemApplication of Balance Scorecard for Assessing and Improving School Teacher’s Performance: A study in a Public School in Al Ain(The British University in Dubai (BUiD), 2019-11) Almarzooqi, MohammedThe balanced scorecard is a performance management tool to assess the performance of the teacher by considering four different aspects. The schools in Al Ain are evaluating the performance of the teachers by analysing financial, customers, child development growth and staff improvement as these factors encourage the teachers to engage in their work and perform at their level best. The research was conducted with aim to evaluate the implication of balanced scorecard in the schools to analyze the performance of the teacher. For the study research has used both qualitative and quantitative approach to derive the result. From the analysis it has been found that the balanced scorecard is being implemented in the schools of Al Ain. The findings also revealed that balanced scorecard is an effective tool because it does not improve teacher's performance but also the performance of the schools. The study concluded that balanced scorecard is the best tool that should be adopted by the school teachers and school heads top increase self-awareness and improve teaching quality. The findings can be implied by the schools head in order to enhance the performance of the teachers. It will help the teachers to increase self-awareness and will assist the school heads to build confidence and morale among the teachers, which is falling due to mismanagement and traditional style of teaching. ItemAppreciative Leadership and Teacher’s Subjective Well being: An Appreciative Tool for an Appreciative Outcome(The British University in Dubai (BUiD), 2018-08) BASHAIREH, SUHAIR AHMAD; Dr Solomon ArulrajEducational scholars and reformers have reached a consensus on the importance of teacher’s well-being in education. Teacher’s and student’s well-being can be considered two sides of the same coin. It is considered by a lot of researchers as an essential ingredient for building human capacity in a first-rate educational system. Therefore, the need to promote teacher’s well-being is essential within the education industry. However, teacher’s well-being is a broad concept governed by multiple variables. The effect of school leadership on teacher’s well-being has been under the microscope recently not only within educational research but also as part of well-being and organizational studies. This study examines the effect of Appreciative Leadership on teacher’s subjective well-being through the perspective of teachers (instructional and non-instructional staff). It uses a mixed method approach using both a qualitative and quantitative instrument. It also provides interventions to promote teacher’s well-being through Appreciative Inquiry (AI) 4-D cycle. The study targeted 94 non-instructional and instructional staff from different phases (K-12) in 4 schools in Dubai that has different KHDA rating. However, the Appreciative Inquiry Summit was delivered in one of those schools only for convenience issues. The current study consulted different theories that Appreciative Leadership is grounded in as social constructionism, Appreciative Inquiry, and positive psychology. The major results of the study indicate that Appreciative Leadership affect teacher’s subjective well-being at school. The positive core shared through the Appreciative Inquiry Summit indicates that Appreciative Leadership strategies and practices have a positive effect on teacher’s well-being. The AI summit produced several interventions designed collaboratively and positively by teachers and leaders to be delivered within schools to promote teacher’s well-being. ItemArab Teachers’ Perspective on Leader-Member Exchange Practices: a Case Study on Arab Leaders’ Relationship in a Private School in Dubai(The British University in Dubai (BUiD), 2018-10) BOUSTANY, WADIH TANIOSPerformance is critical in any organization operating in the industry. For a long time, businesses and other organizations have concentrated on improving their performance. Institutions in Dubai are striving to improve student’s performance through teacher empowerment and leadership. Leadership is an important factor in the organization because employees can be easily guided on how to improve their skills. Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) is becoming a common trend in the organizations as its impact is great and boosts the overall performance of the organization. LMX entails the formation of groups in an organization and designating a leader to each group. The leaders conduct matters a lot as the subordinates try to emulate their behaviour. The implication is that positive attributes from a leader are transferable to the employees hence bringing in positive changes to the organization. The aim of the study is to establish teachers’ perspectives on LMX in a private institution in Dubai. The researcher reviewed a number of literatures to provide broad information about the existing studies conducted on the topic. There are numerous theories and frameworks that explain more about the relationship of a leader and member. The transactional, transformational, and social exchange are among the theories that this paper explored. It emerged that the character of the subordinates in an organization matters most when a leader seeks to choose a certain leadership style. Data collection entailed the used of questionnaires that were presented to the population understudy. This entails both qualitative and quantitative data that was analysed through a scientific software. The study found out that Arab leaders created a positive LMX in the institution. Also, it was evident that adoption of LMX could influence performance in the organization. On the other hand, the researcher concluded that LMX was essential in the organization and there was need for it to be implemented. Another conclusion made by the researcher is that Arab leaders were more effective in comparison to Western leaders and therefore institutions are expected to consider Arab leaders. ItemAn assessment of the effectiveness of the current higher education quality assurance systems for raising higher education standards in the UAE(The British University in Dubai (BUiD), 2020-11) Alkaabi, NouraThe research aimed to assess the effectiveness of higher education quality assurance systems in the UAE, and toward this, an evaluation of the quality assurance process and exploration of the gaps and challenges in quality assurance in higher education was undertaken. Additionally, the research also aimed to propose recommendations for a quality assurance framework assessing and assuring high-quality standards for the higher education institutions in the UAE. The research was conducted by collecting data from students in the form of surveys (653) and from the interviews of managers (8) and teachers (2) of two universities in the UAE. The findings indicated that students from both universities perceived their quality assurance to be good, though, students from the private university rated their college higher on all quality parameters. The interviews revealed that both managers and teachers perceived a scope for improving quality assurance at both the colleges, though they differed on what needed to be improved. The managers suggested improvements in teachers' teaching styles and motivations for self-development, while the teachers suggested aligning curriculum with industry needs, keeping students motivated and instilling better discipline and stringent assessment methods for students. The findings led to recommendations for policy making to re-design curriculum, formalize quality assurance and developing teachers; as well as education practice to be made more student-focused, aligned with industry needs, and encouraging students toward hard-work and discipline. ItemBenchmarking of Education Leaders' Technology Utilization(The British University in Dubai (BUiD), 2016-03) Daraghmeh, Heba Abdel RahmanThe purpose of this research is to study the attitudes of education leaders in using technology in 13 technology-enriched private schools in the United Arab Emirates. Three research questions were formulated to achieve the purpose of the research. Five hypotheses were proposed in support of those questions. Quantitative methodology was used. Both descriptive and inferential statistical data analyses led to answer the research questions. A survey constructed by the researcher was used as an instrument to identify the technology tools that are being used for presentation, communication, file management, class observation, and feedback collection. The significant effect of gender, age, and years of experience with relative to the six NETS-A categories; Leadership and vision, Learning and Teaching, Professional Practices, Management and Operation, Assessment of Technology Use in Schools and Social and Legal Issues were also explored. The theoretical findings of the research revealed that education leaders need to share the vision of technology use and develop an understanding of the 21st century skills required for a competent digital citizen. Moreover, education leaders need to be prepared for the role in their higher education and the professional development they receive. The empirical findings showed a strong tendency to use technology tools as a substitution of the conventional ones with null, or minimal functional improvement according to SAMR model. Furthermore, no significant effect of gender was noticed on the education leaders’ attitudes in terms of using technology in schools. However, age ranges and years of experience affected particular categories. The three research questions were answered and further research is recommended. ItemBridging the Gap: School inspection for school improvement, the leadership role.(2016-06) Barbour, DareenWith the increase trend of using school inspection as a tool for measuring school performance, it is only fair to argue that this tool should be effectively used as a mean for school improvement. As the research evidence on the effect of school inspection on school improvement continues to be controversial, and with the negative views associated with the quality of school inspection in UAE, this research aims to explore the role that school leadership plays in ensuring that the results of school inspection are properly used for school improvement. This study sought to examine the effect of reflective feedback as a moderator between school inspection and school improvement, explore teacher’s views on being an efficient asset in the school improvement plan committee, and investigate the role of school leadership in establishing a compatible and supportive work environment to its teachers. The study was profoundly based on a mixed methodology research in which four different data collection methods (questionnaire, interview, focus group, and data analysis) were deployed. Population of the study included 1 principal, 74 teachers, and 6 head of departments. Findings from this study revealed that reflective feedback on school inspection results does moderate the relationship between school inspection and school improvement as teachers do appreciate being part of the decision-making process and feel more accountable in the process. ItemBuilding and Preserving Human Assets: A study conducted in four selected private and public schools in Abu Dhabi(The British University in Dubai (BUiD), 2020-10) Hosh, FadiThe aim of the current research is to shed the light on the professional shortage problems influencing the faculty preservation in some chosen schools in UAE. To improve the present condition of such faculty preservation in the mentioned schools, the research proposes some strategies for this concern. The research depends on an interpretive paradigm to examine the viewpoints of the faculty staff with more than one-year experience in the chosen schools to examine the study problem and seek its solutions. In progress, the study has demonstrated a consultation of numerous researches from the relevant literature. Semi-structured questionnaire and telephone interviews have been used to collect the viewpoints of the faculty members. The content is analysed to point out and categorize the developed topics out of the qualitative empirical data created from both the semi-structured interviews and questionnaire. The research has pointed out a variety of institutional, personal and work-related elements that may relate to faculty preservation in the chosen schools in UAE. The relatively high ratio of compensation, the friendly practices of the management and administration, the productive environment of research and the positive qualities of the institution all have appeared to be vital elements to ignite the faculty members to work enthusiastically in the said schools. Additionally, the research also approaches the faculty members in matters of personal discrepancies based on experience, gender and academic title. In this concern, the study realises that the female faculty members look at job security as more crucial than their male colleagues. It is also revealed that the new, and young, faculty members have much more concern about the unfairness and bias behaviour of the management, the unavailability equal chances of higher education and professional development than their experienced counterparts. Hence; the findings of this research show that it is imperative for the faculty members of the chosen schools to be supported with sufficient funds, the essential facilities and the proper time to accomplish their economic needs and to make their wish to seek higher education possible for their professional development. However, the study limitations to only targeting members of faculty in the chosen business schools with a minimum of one year of work in their educational establishments and to the geographical limitations, where the researcher had to conduct the semi-structured interviews via phone. To wrap it up, schools are the nurturing environment of the intellectuality of our most precious element: our children; the seeds of the future. It is said: plant well to harvest well. ItemCase Study of Hybrid Learning at Kindergarten in UAE - Abu Dhabi(The British University in Dubai, 2022-05) MUBARAK, SHAIMA AWADHThis case study about hybrid learning in UAE – Abu Dhabi and whether hybrid learning helps students to achieve mastery in various fields. This study is situated at kindergarten school in Abu Dhabi. I collected the data through quantitative and qualitative methods. The overall numbers of participants is almost 89, consisting 69 of parents, teachers and administrators from Emirates School Establishment (ESE) and 20 students from KG-2. The qualitative methods throughout questionnaire and in quantitative we explored the percentage of participants based on their gender, having kids, kids in kindergarten, their knowledge of hybrid learning and what their preference is. This study concludes with the fact of hybrid learning will play a large role in education in the future than just traditional lectures. It will give the students, teachers, and administrators the flexibility throughout their teaching and learning journey. ItemA case study on how technology allows students to gain better skills and prepare them for transition to the real world(The British University in Dubai (BUiD), 2018-10) KABBANI, BASELThe research study has been conducted in order to understand the impact of technological interventions, technology-oriented classrooms skills, and building levels among the students. It has also encountered the notion to measuring the extent to which technological methods prepare the students to face the real time, or professional world challenges. The study is accredited as the first initiative in the education sector of Dubai where it has been conducted at a school located in Dubai .A class of 24 students has been considered as the major area of study. The study has adopted pragmatism paradigm where mixed method approach has been implemented by using survey questionnaires , and interviews as the data collection instruments, in order to compare the student’s achievement levels in the last two years. As per the research findings, technology has the power to improve the communication between students and teachers.it is also makes the learning journey more meaningful and interesting. Teachers play the role of advisors and instructors when the students use technological tools to learn, that leads to an interesting learning environment. ItemA Case Study on Students’ Ownership of Learning and its effects on Students Academic Achievements(The British University in Dubai (BUiD), 2018-10) WAHBI, GHALEBOwnership and learning are two independent concept which have been combined, from the educational perspectives into one concept referred as ownership to learning covering a broader yet complex and multidimensional domain. The present research has encountered the extent to which student’s ownership to learning improve their academic achievement by conducting a study at a school in Dubai where high school students have been targeted. Furthermore, the role of educationists and teachers, in order to promote the ownership to learning based interventions has been discussed in detail. The research has adopted mixed method approach where survey and interviews have been conducted to collect the data. The research has validated the interconnectivity between the student’s ownership of learning and improved academic achievement level. ItemComparative Analysis of Vocational Education in the UAE, Egypt, and the UK to Develop Proposals for UAE’s Vocational Education(The British University in Dubai (BUiD), 2022-11-04) KHANTOMANI, MAJDBy producing knowledgeable and qualified graduates who will meet both the needs of the market and the requirements of the job, vocational education is crucial to the knowledge-based economy and the future plans for nations. There are several arguments and discussions for improving the application of vocational education, but it takes time to make a significant decision. The goal of this study is to compare the vocational education systems in the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and Egypt. It will also look at each system's employability, strengths, and flaws as well as its various curricula. Vocational education from the three countries of Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom will be analysed and studied as part of the research's comparative examination of several case studies. The study will look into each nation's population to enrolment ratio, youth employability, and the curricula of two representative schools in each nation. The evaluation of patterns of similarities and variations across situations in the instances underpins the comparative analysis's rationale. This kind of analysis seeks to pinpoint causal condition conformations that are necessary for an outcome to exist. The research looks at various technical and vocational institutes in the UAE, the UK, and Egypt, as well as the population of each country, the number of students enrolled in secondary vocational education, the percentage of young people who participate in technical and vocational programs, and the youth labor force participation rate. The researcher has learned that, despite some variations in how the concept of vocational education is implemented, the findings from the sampled vocational education institutes are essentially same. The research emphasizes the necessity of giving vocational education in the UAE greater attention and developing high-standard curricula and regulations that will be adapted to the development of technology and artificial intelligence. Additionally, make the most of the UAE's position as a global hub for technology. ItemThe Contribution of the UAE School Inspection Framework as a Quality Assurance Tool for School Transformation and Performance Improvement(The British University in Dubai (BUiD), 2017-09) EL SAADI, DINA HUSSEINSystematic quality management, even though originally developed in the industrial sector, has become equally applicable to the educational sector. There has been an increased pressure on the educational sector to improve their standards through industry-tailored quality assurance strategies. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the quest for knowledge based economic development is directly in line with the need to overcome the “impulsive laziness” that accompanies natural resource endowment. There have been increasing concerns regarding the ability of national educational reforms to meet modern challenges and requirements for the current rapidly transforming global and information technology environments. The study investigates the contribution of the UAE School Inspection Framework (SIF) as a quality assurance tool for school transformation and performance improvements. The study adopts a quantitative approach to help arrive at conclusive relationships between the variables in testing key hypotheses. Data was collected using Google Forms online data collection platform and analyzed using IBM SPSS Statistic Software version 23. Findings reveal that school quality assurance metrics are good predictors of school transformation and school performance, the UAE Inspection Framework is also a significant predictor of school transformation and school performance. Among the school global transformation indicators, sustainability is the only factor that supports school performance development. Finally, a positive and moderately strong association exists between school quality assurance and the UAE Inspection framework as a quality assurance metric. It is recommended that American schools in Dubai must fine-tune global school transformation elements in line with school performance indicators so as to remain globally competitive in an increasingly globalized world. ItemCorrelation between Experiential Learning and Optimism among College students(The British University in Dubai (BUiD), 2013-11) Shemaili, Noora BaniThe purpose of this study is to investigate if there is a relationship between experiential learning and optimism among college students. The field of study is one of the female federal colleges in the United Arab Emirates. The sample size is 162 students which can be considered numerically meaningful for correlational study. The literature supports the study through the theories and other studies. A mixed method approach was used in this study centred on questionnaire and interviews to reach final conclusions and resulting recommendation. The mixed method approach gives a much more holistic view of the many issues directly related to the experiential learning and optimism and its impact on college students. The collected data and analysis provided by the researcher present clear evidence of the compared two principals. The findings proved that students involvement in the experiential learning process has a positive, lasting impact on student emotions particularly the level of optimism. ItemCritical Document Analysis of Equivalency Decree 4443 (2001) and Decree 848 (2018): An examination of equivalency criteria for upper secondary school qualifications in the UAE(The British University in Dubai (BUiD), 2019-07) Salibi-Hachem, SouzanThe changing face of education and the unprecedented number of people studying and working in countries other than their home countries have necessitated an international interest in classifying and mapping of qualifications. In addition to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) levels developed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), each county has developed its own criteria or qualification framework to classify qualifications and map out their equivalency levels. In the UAE, Decree 4443 was issued in 2001 to specify equivalency criteria for qualifications earned in the ever increasing number of private schools; a necessity since a majority of Emiratis is opting to study in such schools. After nearly 20 years of implementation, Decree 4443 can no longer serve its purpose for a number of reasons, including its numerous shortcomings and the rapid advancements happening on the curricular fronts in international schools. The much-anticipated Decree 848 was issued late in 2018 to replace Decree 4443. Through critical analysis of both documents, namely Decree 4443 and Decree 848, this qualitative research highlights aspects where Decree 848 falls short of fulfilling its promise of a more progressive decree with criteria that are more equitable, inclusive and aligned to international curricula than its predecessor, namely Decree 4443. ItemCurriculum Policies at Language Departments in British schools in the UAE: From Theory into Practice.(The British University in Dubai (BUiD), 2023-05) HUSSEIN, MUNA; Dr Emad Abu AyyashCurriculum policies are a fundamental foundation for the establishment of educational framework from primary to secondary level. When there are sound policies guiding the curriculum, it is. very easy to implement the curriculum in schools. An effective curriculum provides teachers, students, school leaders and community stakeholders with a measurable plan and structure to deliver quality education. The curriculum sets out the learning outcomes, standards, and core competencies that students need to demonstrate before they progress to the next level. This study focuses on curriculum policies at British schools in the Emirate of Dubai, The United Arab Emirates. The primary purpose of this research is to provide insights into how curriculum policies govern school curriculums in language departments, particularly in Arabic language learning departments. The literature related to this study provides background knowledge on the past and current policy position in determining the effectiveness of language curricula in the UAE. A mixed methods approach was used in this study to measure the competence of the school administrators through quantitative and qualitative data. This has involved an investigation of 5 British schools in Dubai through interviews in order to get a clear picture of how the curriculum policies are being followed. The combined results of the quantitative and qualitative analysis show a gap between the policy and its actual implementation in language areas. The leadership of the school is therefore required to see to it that strong principles are applied and that such policies are continually monitored in the language departments of all British schools in Dubai. ItemA Description of Preschool Parents Perceptions of Kindergarten Readiness(The British Univesity in Dubai (BUiD), 2015-04) Dinar, EqlimaChildren as young as three are being assessed whether they are ready or not for kindergarten by examining their academic skills which have raised parents’ concerns about their children’s ability to be successful in formal schooling. Parents are a child’s first teacher and their beliefs about readiness affect the kind of experiences and materials which they provide for their children and knowing their perceptions could benefit teachers, schools and legislators in this region for improving the quality of early childhood education. Kindergarten readiness is a complex construct that involves multiple dimensions of children development. This descriptive survey study was conducted to describe preschool parents perceptions about the skills that they believe are important for their child to be ready for kindergarten. By utilizing the National Education Goal Panel framework of readiness, an online questionnaire was constructed and distributed to a convenient sample of 76 parents of 3 to 4 years old children who are enrolled in the United Arab Emirates preschools. Parents reported that Social and Emotional domains were most crucial to children’s success in kindergarten yet they focused on academic instruction when engaging in activities with their children. The findings of the study can be utilized to better inform parents about the skills that are crucial for readiness, help teachers in designing better instructional experiences and aid legislators in planning and implanting policies that could improve the quality of early childhood education in the country. Further research is still required on this topic that can be on larger scale so that it would generalizable to a bigger population.