Can we still build Inclusive Societies in the Middle East without Deep Learning? No…

I am sharing here the conclusion of my paper on deep learning in Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates:

”One of the challenges that higher education will be facing is the spread of more surface learning versus deep learning, as deep learning can particularly take place in Humanities courses when appropriate education approaches are thought and practiced. I believe that the decision to reduce education (and learning) to a corporate consumer-driven model – providing services to the student-client -, transforms universities into factories or collegelands.

The ability to think critically and independently, to tolerate ambiguity, to see multiple sides of an issue, to deconstruct stereotypes, to appreciate diversity, to look beneath the surface, to dialogue with others on sensitive issues, and therefore the ability that equips us to live in and sustain democracies, to develop peaceful societies united in their diversity, will eventually disappear.

As I am completing the fall semester at the Lebanese American University as a part-time professor of Cultural Studies, I am being told that these courses and other Humanities’ courses will no longer be offered, due to budget cuts. Although my students have stated in their end-of-semester course evaluations their need for such courses and for a pedagogical approach that nurtures deep learning and in particular peacebuilding teaching/learning methods and activities in a country and a region on the verge of further explosion, their voices have not been heard.

I honestly fear that despite the efforts of few professors and educators, and of some youth and local NGOs initiatives, the future that awaits us is either further polarized or monochrome. Alternative narratives, perceptions, and practices that can challenge the ‘norm’ will cease to exist, and students will no longer be engaged to go beyond their disciplines and explore new avenues and skills. Furthermore, the automation of higher education will be contributing to the exacerbation of this reality. I am still struggling from my end and with other activists and pedagogues to build more just and inclusive societies in Southwestern Asia, but I honestly believe that this struggle has already become more arduous”.

Dr. Pamela Chrabieh, ‘Deep Learning in the University Context: Case Studies in Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates’, International Journal of Arts and Sciences Refereed Conference Proceedings, 11 (03), 2018, p. 39-48.
www.universitypublications.net/proceedings

Learning through Food – Deep Learning in the University Context in the Middle East

For those interested in food and education: this article introduces its readers to an interdisciplinary approach in teaching and learning about cultures of Southwestern Asia and North Africa at the American University in Dubai. Selected as one of the United Arab Emirates Innovation Week’s officially registered activities in 2015, this activity combines anthropology of food, sciences of religions, and irenology and is a major application of the peace education pedagogy I have been developing since 2004. The article also presents the preliminary results of qualitative research on the local food cultures’ experiences of more than 500 students from different backgrounds who are enrolled in diverse Middle Eastern studies courses. In my classrooms, students were exposed to—and they told—stories of families, migrations, assimilation, resistance, hybridity, war, and peace and dealt with issues ranging from cultural appropriation to food security and food as an identity marker and the religious significance and representation of food. Class activities such as live food production (e.g., “Hummus Laboratory”), food storytelling sessions, and food diplomacy activities contributed to their learning of local cultures and building peace. Students reported having acquired visceral experiences of foreignness and familiarization, global identity formation, and intercultural dialogue.

https://cgscholar.com/…/learning-through-food-at-the-americ…

Session Culture générale et Bioéthique Décembre 2018

Ambiance chaleureuse, passion et assiduité sont au rendez-vous! #training collectif culture générale – pour une préparation optimale aux concours d’entrée aux Facultés de Médecine Générale et de Médecine Dentaire de l’université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth.

#education #lebanon #concours #university#entranceexams #generalknowledge#culturegenerale #workshop #bioethics#medicalstudies #spnc

Gardez une longueur d’avance pour réussir votre concours d’entrée!

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Préparez-vous stratégiquement pour le test de culture générale des concours d’entrée aux Facultés de Médecine et Médecine Dentaire de l’Université Saint-Joseph de janvier 2019 en 1) suivant des cours particuliers pour un apprentissage personnalisé ou 2) vous inscrivant à une session intensive d’une journée en groupe le 15 décembre 2018.

Lieu: Mansourieh.

Pour plus de détails, contactez Dr. Pamela Chrabieh par:

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– Email: pchrabieh@spnc.co

Des cours particuliers sont également dispensés pour la préparation au test de culture générale des concours de la Faculté des Sciences Médicales et de L’Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Beyrouth (ESIB).

Dernière session de culture générale pour l’été

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En direct de la dernière journée intensive de l’été dédiée à la culture générale pour le concours d’entrée à la Faculté de Médecine de l’USJ. Prochaine session: en décembre!

Les cours particuliers sont par contre offerts toute l’année. Contactez Dr. Pamela Chrabieh pour plus d’informations: 03-008245 ou pchrabieh@spnc.co

Comment s’entraîner pour le test de culture générale de l’USJ

En direct de la dernière journée intensive de l’été dédiée à la culture générale pour le concours d’entrée à la Faculté de Médecine de l’USJ. Prochaine session: en décembre!
Les cours particuliers sont par contre offerts toute l’année. Contactez Dr. Pamela Chrabieh pour plus d’informations: 03-008245 ou pchrabieh@spnc.co