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START DATE 06 December 2017

Middlesex University Dubai

END DATE 06 December 2017

We are pleased to invite you to this week’s research seminar. It will be held on December 6th from 4pm, at Middlesex University Dubai in the Oasis Theatre, Block 16, Knowledge Park. The Research Seminar Series was launched in 2008, and has featured more than 210 presentations to date. The seminars provide a forum for researchers to share their work. Presenters include faculty from Middlesex University Dubai and other universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as researchers from other global institutions. This week’s presentation is:


Teacher Care and Motivation: A New Narrative for Teachers in the Arabian Gulf

Nicole Shammas and Aleya James

Higher Colleges of Technology


Based in a UAE tertiary institution, this research explores the motivational factors which drive or deter Emirati women in Higher Education and highlights the mismatch of beliefs between expatriate faculty and local students. Findings indicate the philosophy of care is imperative in developing intrinsic motivation for Gulf female student and leads to increased academic achievement and developed self-efficacy.


Aleya James works as General Studies Faculty at the Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai Women’s Campus where she teaches Globalization and the GCC, Global Media Trends, Intercultural Intelligence and Academic Communication Courses. She has an MA TEFL from the University of Reading, UK. She is enrolled on an Educational Doctorate program with the University of Bath, UK currently working on her dissertation entitled Space, Subjectivity and Emirati students. Her current research interests include: Motivation of Students, Ethics of Care, Gender and Identity, and methodologies of the lived experience. She has taught in Egypt, the UK and Oman and has been at Dubai Women’s Campus in the UAE since 1998. Aleya’s current professional teaching interests emerge from Content and Language Integrated Learning pedagogy. 

Nicole Shammas teaches a range of General Studies courses from Intercultural Studies to Academic Reading and Writing at the Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai Women’s Campus. She has a Master of Arts in Language Teaching from the School for International Training, Vermont and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern Queensland. Her teaching interests include: Intercultural Intelligence, the use of technology in the classroom, material design, teacher training, virtual international exchanges and anything that motivates her students. She has taught in South Korea, New Zealand the Dominican Republic and has been at Dubai Women’s Campus since 1999.

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