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23 May 2021
Policy Paper (21)

Global teaching and learning in a post-COVID future

Dr. Daniel Kirk

Abstract

Education is a global endeavor, bringing governments and the private sector together to provide education across the primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors. However, education provision, funding, and status vary and are subject to increasing global inequity and opportunity. The global Covid pandemic has shone a light on education, highlighting weaknesses in the sector and the ability of some educationalists to change practice for the better in a concise time frame.

The sector is now undergoing an internal review based on the perception that pre-Covid practice featured significant flaws. As a result, there is an increasing focus on innovative technologies, new multiple modes of delivery, artificial intelligence, increased understanding of the neuroscience around learning, and the role of the teacher. This paper explores potential educational futures and their impact on the global understanding of the sector.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Daniel Kirk is the Dean of the College of Education and a Professor of Education at Winona State University, USA. Dr. Kirk has served as a Dean and Professor of Education at the American University of Ras Al-Khaimah. Dr. Kirk has also served as Associate Dean and Professor at the National Defense College in the United Arab Emirates, Associate Dean in the College of Education, and Executive Director of the School of Learning and Teaching at the Pacific University, Oregon (USA), where he held a tenured full Professor position on faculty. Dr. Kirk was senior faculty at the Emirates College for Advanced Education in Abu Dhabi, where he led the Division of Leadership and Educational Policy and was an Associate Professor of Education.

Dr. Kirk has served as a Researcher in Education Policy at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR, Abu Dhabi), and a faculty at the American University of Sharjah, Bahrain Teachers College, Macon State College (now Middle Georgia State University), and Pacific University, Oregon. Prior to his move into higher education, Dr. Kirk was a secondary (6-12) school English Language Arts/Literature teacher in the United Kingdom, Qatar, Bermuda, and Dubai.

Dr. Kirk was the Founding President of the Gulf Comparative Education Society and currently sits on several editorial and advisory boards based within the Gulf region and the United States. He has been commissioned by various educational organizations and government agencies to conduct bespoke consultancy services, focusing on developing educational institutions, policies, and practices in educator preparation in the Arabian Gulf countries and worldwide. His current research examines educational innovation and policy formation in the GCC, with a particular lens on the international and comparative implications of such policies on educator preparation and school development. Dr. Kirk holds a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, USA. He also has a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE with QTS) from the University of Sunderland, UK.