This paper discusses tensions and identity resistance in a cross-cultural educational context in the United Arab Emirates. It focuses on how Emirati students, living and socialised in a conservative Arabic-Islamic society and shaped by Islamic values and epistemologies, construct their cultural identities while learning English with their Western-trained teachers, who are influenced by liberal ideologies and secular epistemologies. To understand the complex engagement between Emirati students and their Western-trained teachers this article uses both phenomenography and reflection on critical incidents to explore, investigate and interpret Emirati students’ intercultural experience with their Western-trained teachers and to highlight the tensions and identity resistance that arise from this educational encounter.
Diallo, I. (2014), "Emirati students encounter Western teachers tensions and identity resistance", Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 46-59. https://doi.org/10.18538/lthe.v11.n2.158
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