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Emirati pre-service teachers' perceptions of Europe and Europeans and their teaching implications


Nelly Kostoulas-Makrakis 
University of the Aegean, Greece
kostoula@rhodes.aegean.gr

 

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Abstract

In our increasingly globalised world, it is very important to see how Europe is perceived by non-Europeans and especially from people who have for a long time been considered the 'Other'. In the study reported here, the image of Europe and Europeans is explored based on the perceptions of 478 Emirati (United Arab Emirates citizens) prospective teachers. In general, the results reveal that the respondents' perceptions of Europe and Europeans are mainly negative, although there are also some positive and neutral perceptions. Emirati perceptions of Europe and Europeans confer to one major point that Europe represents economic, scientific and technological development but Europeans lack moral values. The findings have to be understood as reflecting the socio-cultural, political and historical milieu to which the subjects of the present study have been exposed. Suggestions to teaching methods, school curricula and study programs are made. 

Arabs, Europe, stereotypes, intercultural education, United Arab Emirates

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Kostoulas-Makrakis, N. (2005) Emirati pre-service teachers' perceptions of Europe and Europeans and their teaching implications. International Education Journal, 6 (4), 501-511.
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