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The Impact of Large-Scale Datasets on Evidence-Based Educational Policymaking and Reform in the Gulf States - Workshop Schedule
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Sub-Theme 1: Education Quality and Large-Scale Assessment
09:00-10:00 Welcome, Objectives and Introduction to Workshop
Naif Alromi (Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia), Alexander W. Wiseman (Lehigh University, USA), & Saleh Alshumrani (King Saud University, Saudi Arabia)
10:00-11:00 "The Quality of Secondary Education in the Middle East and North Africa: An Empirical Analysis using TIMSS 2007 Data
Author: Donia Smaali Bouhlila (Faculty des Sciences Economiques et de Gestion, Tunisia)

Discussant: Azza Shafei (The American University in Cairo, Egypt)
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:30 From a National to an International Policy Reform Shift: A 'Positivist' Critical Discourse Analysis of the Tatweer Educational Policy in Saudi Arabia
Author: Tariq Elyas (King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia)
Discussant: Sajida Shroff (EdWorx, Inc., USA & UAE)
12:30-14:30 Lunch break
14:30-15:30 School Inspection and International Assessment in Dubai: Evidence-based Approaches for Improving the Quality of Education in Private Schools
Author: Rabaa Alsumaiti (Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Dubai, UAE)

Discussant: Jennifer DeBoer (Vanderbilt University, USA)
15:30-17:00
(We will break at 16:00-16:30)
An Omani National Remedial Program in Response to Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2007 Poor Results: Cognitive Knowledge Development Program for Students in Science Mathematics and Concepts of Environmental Geography: Impact and Challenges
Author: Munira Al-Wahaibi (Sultan Qaboos University, Oman) & Asila Al-Maawali (Ibra College of Technology, Oman)

Discussant: Tariq Elyas (King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia)
17:00-17:30 Sub-Theme Wrap Up
Workshop Co-Directors
19:30-21:30 Dinner at the Kings College


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