- New Flagship model for Finnish-Emirati School model (through testing the best Finnish teaching practices)
- Professional development of Emirati teachers (upskilling the work force through peer teaching and mentoring )
- Better performing schools (new curriculum, ICT, bi-literacy, materials)
The studies were implemented during three semesters. Semester syllabus (based on curriculum) was designed around three- to five-week periods, with unique structure in all periods. As part of the studies the students had the possibility to make two study visits to Finland with separate programmes. The cornerstones of University PD curriculum are the same as in Finnish teacher education: evidence-based teaching, child-centred learning and continuous reflective teacher development. These elements have been applied to the idea of life-long-on the job learning environments. The holistic view over theory and practice has linked the students’ everyday work and their PD-studies. In the PD curriculum, a special emphasis has been given to the emerging issues in the Emirati schools, such as bilingual school and assessment. Additionally, internationally topical issues such as community building and teachers’ interaction skills have also been noted in University PD curriculum.
“My experience with Cycle 1 students in the past two years in Al Raqia School has taught me that the Finnish approach is completely different than our teaching approaches in the UAE. The Finnish approach focuses on preventing a problem before it occurs. Teachers observe their students carefully, and have an open dialogue with other teachers and parents on that particular students’ performance.” - Kheloud Al Dhaheri
from ‘ADEC Press release: Round table discussion on the Emirati-Finnish fusion programme at the 2012 GESS exhibition‘