Academic Divisions

Curriculum and Instruction Division

With a focus on curriculum and learning design program, this division works to empower research informed educators and curriculum experts who are skilled instructional designers. Our distinctive and research-based programs focus on recent developments in theories of teaching and learning and offer flexible seminar topics aligned with current and emergent educational trends.

With heavy reliance on content, students in the Math and Science courses learn both content and pedagogy skills in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math aimed at teaching the curriculum for students in Cycles 1, 2 and 3. Linked to school Practicum and Internship experiences, the courses in Science and Math are designed to support students as they learn to teach with confidence using research and evidence-based practices, and to accurately assess and plan for student success.

Faculty in this Division teach courses as well as conduct research and engage in professional development and consultation with schools with the aim of achieving and meeting the ever changing educational needs within UAE. The program also emphasizes the implementation of educational research in practical contexts and offers flexible seminar topics aligned with current and emergent educational trends.

Selected Publications

  • Ali, N., Santos, I. M. & Areepattamannil, S. (2017). Pre-service Teachers’ Perception of Quick Response (QR) Code integration in Classroom Activities, Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology.
  • Dickson, M., Kadbey, H. & McMinn, M. (2016). Correlating Beliefs and Classroom Practices of Public School Science Teachers in Abu Dhabi. Journal of Turkish Science Education. 13(3).
  • Dickson, M., McMinn, M. & Kadbey, H. (2017). Science Anxiety Levels in pre-service Emirati teachers. Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives, 14(1).
  • Khine, M.S., Ali, N., & Afari, E. (2016). Exploring Relationships among TPACK Constructs and ICT Achievement among Student Teachers. Education and Information Technologies. doi:10.1007/s10639-016-9507-8.
  • Oberhuber, M., Hope, T.M.H., Seghier, M.L., Parker Jones, O., Prejawa, S., Green, D.W., Price, C.J. (2016). Four functionally distinct regions in the left supramarginal gyrus support word processing. Cerebral Cortex 26:4212-4226.
  • Tzourio-Mazoyer, N., Seghier, M.L. (2016). The neural bases of hemispheric specialization. Neuropsychologia 93:319-324.

Division Head

Dr. Patricia Fidalgo

Program Coordinators

  1. MEd in Curriculum and Learning Design: Dr. Patricia Fidalgo