Higher Education Under Occupation: Exploring Teaching and Learning Regimes in a Palestinian University

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The aim of the research is to explore Teaching and Learning Regimes (TLRs) in a higher education institution located in Gaza Strip in Palestinian Territories. TLRs are an analytical tool to explore existing cultures of teaching, learning and assessment in higher education. Our research focuses particularly on four components of TLRs: recurrent practices, implicit theories, tacit assumptions and rules of appropriateness (Trowler & Cooper, 2002; Trowler, 2008). The study aims to examine what kinds of TLRs are constructed at the selected institution, Islamic University of Gaza (IUG). This study analyzes TLRs in relation also to the politically and economically challenging context of higher education in Gaza Strip; Israeli blockade affects the universities in Gaza in various ways, such as difficulties of travelling abroad, lack of financial resources and unavailability of teaching material. The research is a part of Finnish-Palestinian cooperation project “eTraining FinPal” funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland through its Higher Education Institutions Institutional Cooperation Instrument (HEI ICI). The project aims to enhance pedagogical competencies of teaching staff at Islamic University of Gaza by cooperatively designing and implementing a local pedagogical development program.
Period29 Aug 2019
Event titleConsortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER) conference 2019: Theories and Methods in Higher Education Research
Event typeConference
Conference number32
LocationKassel, GermanyShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational