Teacher care and motivation: a new narrative for teachers in the Arab Gulf

Aleya James, Nicole M. Shammas

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    Set in an all-female higher education (HE) institution in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), this paper argues that a caring, teacher-student relationship, based on mutual interdependence working towards reciprocal relationship of self-as-other, is central to students’ academic success. Drawing on an ethics of care we reinterpret mutually held misperceptions of western-educated expatriate faculty and the Emirati student population regarding expectations of the ‘Other’. We offer contextualised insight into nuanced facets of teaching and learning in government-funded HE in the region. Recommendations that leverage the teacher-student relationship in order to maximise students’ academic success, whilst offering an alternative way for expatriate faculty to conceptualise their relationship vis-à-vis Emirati female students’ attitudes and behaviours are also made.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)491-510
    Number of pages20
    JournalPedagogy, Culture and Society
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 2 Oct 2018


    • Arab Gulf
    • Emirati women
    • expatriate academics
    • Motivation
    • teacher care
    • teacher-student relationship


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