Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) as a Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (CRP) in Qatar: a Perspective from Grade 10 Chemistry Classes

  • David F. Treagust
  • Sheila S. Qureshi
  • Venkat Rao Vishnumolakala
  • Joseph Ojeil
  • Mauro Mocerino
  • Daniel C. Southam


Educational reforms in Qatar have seen the implementation of inquiry-based learning and other student-centred pedagogies. However, there have been few efforts to investigate how these adopted western pedagogies are aligned with the high context culture of Qatar. The study presented in this article highlights the implementation of a student-centred intervention called Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) in selected independent Arabic government schools in Qatar. The study followed a theoretical framework composed of culturally relevant pedagogical practice and social constructivism in teaching and learning. A mixed method research design involving experimental and comparison groups was utilised. Carefully structured learning materials when implemented systematically in a POGIL intervention helped Grade 10 science students improve their perceptions of chemistry learning measured from pre- and post-tests as measured by the What Is Happening In this Class (WIHIC) questionnaire and school-administered achievement test. The study further provided school-based mentoring and professional development opportunities for teachers in the region. Significantly, POGIL was found to be adaptable in the Arabic context.


Qatar POGIL POGIL in high schools Science education Chemistry education Culturally relevant pedagogy Student-centred learning Active learning What Is Happening In this Class 



This publication was made possible by NPRP grant [6-1424-5-178] from the Qatar National Research Fund (a member of the Qatar Foundation). The statements made herein are solely the responsibility of the authors.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

The research was approved by the institutional review board at Cornell University located on Education City campus in Qatar and the MOE recommended two independent Arabic schools located in Doha to participate in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David F. Treagust
    • 1
  • Sheila S. Qureshi
    • 2
  • Venkat Rao Vishnumolakala
    • 3
  • Joseph Ojeil
    • 2
  • Mauro Mocerino
    • 4
  • Daniel C. Southam
    • 4
  1. 1.STEM Education Research Group (formerly, Science and Mathematics Education Centre)Curtin UniversityPerthAustralia
  2. 2.Weill Cornell Medicine–QatarEducation CityDohaQatar
  3. 3.Department of Education, College of Arts and SciencesAbu Dhabi UniversityAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates
  4. 4.School of Molecular and Life SciencesCurtin UniversityPerthAustralia

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