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This inaugural Saudi Arabian-based (SA) study explored how social media images and cartoons can influence the professional identity of pre-service teachers (PSTs) measured by their reflections on self-selected images of teachers and teaching in Saudi media. PSTs (n = 30) were enrolled in a teacher education program in a faculty of education in a public university in the Eastern province of SA (convenience sampling). Findings from thematically analyzing 30 reflective assignments, nine semi-structured interviews, and a focus group (n = 9) revealed four themes: (a) a pervasive negative stereotype; (b) violence associated with male teachers and students; (c) criticism of the education and administrative system; and (d) suggestions of eroding teacher authority. Findings affirm the imperative that teacher education programs intentionally sensitize PSTs to the benefits of critically deconstructing media images. This will help stave off negative connotations of teachers and make teaching become part of future teachers’ professional identities and the SA collective memory.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2021
In countries of the world where special education systems are still developing the capacity to provide the education that laws and policies promise, choices made in the design and offering of preparation programs may interact with contextual factors, creating intended and unintended consequences, opportunities, and constraints that affect the countries’ abilities to provide special education. In this study, the authors investigate this idea by examining special education teacher preparation in the Arab countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Updated: Mar. 22, 2017
In this article, the authors examine the research activity of Saudi university teacher educators. Survey results collected from eighty-two teacher educators at a leading university in Saudi Arabia. The results pointed to modest levels of research activity and also suggested that these individuals held largely technical views of what research is.
Updated: Aug. 29, 2012
This study describes the experiences of Saudi Arabian female Islamic Studies teachers. The study draws on phenomenology as a guiding theoretical framework. The seven teachers involved in the study used their identities, beliefs and values to make sense of their everyday lived experiences. Discussions about their lived experiences provided a counter-discourse that challenges the traditional image of Islamic Studies teachers as transmitters of sacred knowledge.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2010