Improving The Classroom Environment: With A Focus On The Arab Gulf States
2004 Annual Conference Proceedings
This paper focuses on "viable teaching-learning" protocols for potential adoption by educators in the Arab Gulf States, seeking to improve their classroom effectiveness. It was inspired by remarks and suggestions made by a number of engineering graduates, who have experienced "negative" aspects of the "classroom environment" as students in the Gulf Region. The paper dwells on those strategies, believed to be appropriate for the development of a "positive teaching-learning" environment; and in
... vironment; and in particular, those activities that are more relevant to the Arab Gulf States. Strategies pertaining to:(i) planning courses, (ii) conducting courses, and(iii) developing positive learning environment, in and outside the classroom, are discussed and supplemented with general advice and suggestions based on the experience of the author. It is also argued that "reformation" and "active learning" ought to start within the public school systems of the Region, where existing "traditional" teaching methods tend to suppress independent thinking, and have failed in equipping students with the desired traits and analytical skills deemed necessary for students who wish to get into engineering. The paper also examines the potential role that industry in the Region could play in "shaping" engineering education, and demanding that "reformation" ought to include a shift toward industrial relevance. The essay asserts that colleges of engineering in the Arab Gulf States should aspire for setting up and sustaining a principled, dynamic, and forward-looking educational framework that fosters constant renewal and is in tune with prevailing social and cultural realities. Alongside, a more liberal classroom setting that features active learning, care, and strives to accommodate students varied learning styles.