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The Education of Dispute Resolution in Al Jazeera Al Arabiya: A Case for a Culturally Engaging Pedagogy

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College of Science and Human Studies, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University, P.O. Box 1664, Al Khobar 31952, Saudi Arabia
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Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, School of Law, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263, USA
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Educ. Sci. 2020, 10(4), 89; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10040089
Received: 7 February 2020 / Revised: 12 March 2020 / Accepted: 16 March 2020 / Published: 27 March 2020
In law and business schools, culturally relevant/responsive curricula can aid students’ academic success. In this paper, we examine the use of culturally responsive narratives to illustrate principles and practices of dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration) in the Middle East as distinct or similar to those prescribed under Common Law. Through narratives embedded in familiar historical and socio-cultural contexts, we argue that students of Middle Eastern descent can achieve a greater understanding and retention of the curriculum as it is translated from theory into practice, exercise critical thinking skills, and enhance their motivation to learn. Teaching that taps into a reservoir of knowledge within Middle Eastern communities can also become a transformative experience for students, since it not only recognizes their communities of origin as noteworthy, but also makes their socio-cultural identities a key ingredient of the instructional process. As evidence of methodological effectiveness, we examine students’ reflections on the use of culturally familiar narratives to illustrate principles and practices of dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration) in the Middle East as distinct or similar to those adopted by the Western world. View Full-Text
Keywords: teaching; learning; dispute resolution; cultural diversity teaching; learning; dispute resolution; cultural diversity
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El Alaoui, K.; Pilotti, M.A.E.; Salameh, M.H.; Singh, S. The Education of Dispute Resolution in Al Jazeera Al Arabiya: A Case for a Culturally Engaging Pedagogy. Educ. Sci. 2020, 10, 89. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10040089

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El Alaoui K, Pilotti MAE, Salameh MH, Singh S. The Education of Dispute Resolution in Al Jazeera Al Arabiya: A Case for a Culturally Engaging Pedagogy. Education Sciences. 2020; 10(4):89. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10040089

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El Alaoui, Khadija, Maura A.E. Pilotti, Muamar H. Salameh, and Sukhsimranjit Singh. 2020. "The Education of Dispute Resolution in Al Jazeera Al Arabiya: A Case for a Culturally Engaging Pedagogy" Education Sciences 10, no. 4: 89. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10040089

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