Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Ali Said Ali Ibrahim
Entering a new phase of attaining excellence in all sectors, the UAE has specifically emphasized the importance of improving and enhancing the education sector, in order to establish a knowledge-based economy. One of the main functions of the school inspections is the school development and school enhancement for improving the performance of educational institutions through inspectorial programs, which are vital in ensuring the success of the quality of education offered in the UAE. The study explores the influence of school inspections on school leaders’ (principals, vice-principals, and lead teachers/heads of faculties) in Abu Dhabi Schools. The effects of school inspections on school leaders are assessed through two features: the leaders’ professional identity and the leaders’ operational practices through their usage of inspectorate programs at their schools. The main research question probes deep into the extent of improvement in school leaders through inspectorate programs. This study is a mixed-methods design based on an explanatory sequential approach. Thus, the first phase adopts a quantitative design with a structured questionnaire, wherein stratified random sampling was used in the longitudinal study with more than 200 school leaders in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The second phase of the qualitative phase included semistructured interviews with school leaders that focused on the school leader’s improvement on both their professional identity and their practices in schools. Findings suggest that there is an evident influence of the Irtiqa’a inspectorate program on leaders in Abu Dhabi schools, through a positive influence on their professional identities through the usage of feedback and self-evaluations. Furthermore, through the program, leaders were able to not only identify school priorities for improvement but also develop strategic thinking as part of their operational practices. It is recommended to first revise the self-evaluation form (SEF) that will bridge the gap between any misunderstandings between school leaders’ standards and the standards of the School Inspection Framework. Moreover, parental involvement is paramount when it comes to planning for the school SEF.
Alhosani, Sameera Abdulla, "THE INFLUENCE OF IRTIQA’A INSPECTORATE PROGRAM ON SCHOOL LEADERS’ PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY AND THEIR OPERATIONAL PRACTICES IN ABU DHABI SCHOOLS" (2021). Dissertations. 127.