Leadership in Qatar’s Educational Reform

  • Sonia Ben JaafarEmail author
Part of the Studies in Educational Leadership book series (SIEL, volume 16)


The State of Qatar is a small, rich, developing country in the Arabian Gulf which introduced an extensive U.S.-inspired educational reform in 2004. A prominent part of the reform is a performance-based accountability system that includes national and international assessments. On the surface, the Qatari model shares a number of characteristics with Western systems. However, the local capacity issues prove to challenge the promise of the standards-based reforms. School leaders are struggling to satisfy the new demands that are being measured annually by addressing pedagogical, professional, and sociolinguistic issues on the ground. In their struggle to negotiate between the demands of the new reforms and local realities, school leaders are experiencing their own steep learning curve.


School Leader Gulf Cooperation Council Teacher Efficacy Evaluation Institute Independent School 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EduEval Educational ServicesDubaiUnited Arab Emirates

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