TAMAM 1: School-based reform project for the Arab World
TAMAM is a huge educational project to support Arab schools development, through a professional network set up among Arab schools and devoted to develop education in as many Arab states as possible.
As Educational development starts from the base up, ATF has adopted the TAMAM Project as a school-based reform project for the Arab World. This project is an ideal opportunity to achieve a realistic and continuous reform.
In contrast to conventional reform efforts that might impose the change or import it, the TAMAM project is designed to “support the top levels down to the base, and make change from base to top”. It intends to analyze the school development process, and determine the agents that stand with or against. Those results, in turn, should be provided to educational policy makers.
The TAMAM project is a creative model for school development in the Arab World, its objective is to devise a change theory that lasts over a long period of time, and which is totally based upon school educational practices.
The project has been implemented in three Arab countries: Lebanon, Jordan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia . A network of 12 Arab schools, 4 universities and some education research professionals has been established. The project created a framework for forty five teachers, directors and uuniversity professors so as to develop their research capabilities. Three research studies have been issued about education quality and development; nine other research studies about private schools modernization, still three similar studies for public schools; moreover a model for a professional network among Arab schools has been developed.
ATF Research and Studies Center is working on this project’s book to be issued in Arabic with the title “Voices from the field”, in 320 pages. It addresses the project experience in its first stage, the ideas of participating teams’ members, and the representatives of participating countries as well as their personal experiences during implementation.
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