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About the International Conference: Professional and Cultural Identity in a Changing Socio-political Reality

The Conference at a Glance
Al-Qasemi College, Faculty of Education in Baqa Al Garbiah is arranging and hosting an international conference to discuss the educational identity of teachers and educators in a changing socio-political reality. Shifting socio-political currents around the world, in the Middle East in particular, are leading to the reconstruction of the global socio-political map. Thousands of refugees and immigrants heading for the gates of Europe as well as rapid, ongoing, local political changes are contributing to changes in the nature of educational systems around the world. This new reality poses a real challenge to these systems at both the local and global levels and entails the introduction and implementation of changes and reforms to help construct new professional identities that might include and manage such changes. Professional identity in education is affected not only by these socio-political changes, but is also affected by the willingness to adapt and deal with them. In such ways, teachers and educators create their professional identity through interaction with themselves and with their environments. The same identity influences to what extent teachers are satisfied with their role and exceedingly determines their attitude towards environmental changes and reforms in education. We would like to discuss this interaction in our conference and try to understand how it influences and shapes our professional educational performance. We seek to consider the professional identity of educators from around the world and try to examine thoroughly the reciprocation of constructing their professional identity in the changing socio-political reality. We will study thoroughly the factors that promote or constrain formalization of such educational identity, and learn from the extensive, varied experience of international researchers and educators who investigated such phenomena.
Among other issues, we seek to clarify:
  • Religion identity and professional identity
  • Educational identity and gender
  • Educational identity in a changing reality
  • Educational identity and reform
  • Immigration and educational cultural identity
  • Socio-political crises and structuring an educational identity
  • Professional educational identity among minorities in times of crisis
  • Curricula and educational content in a changing era
  • Professional identity among minorities at times of crisis
WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE
  • Academics
  • Educators
  • Researchers
  • Secondary, vocational, or tertiary educators
  • Public & private sector Professionals
  • School counselors, principals and teachers
  • Education policy developers
  • General personnel from vocational sectors
  • Student of education
  • Career and employment officers
  • and any other who is interested to join this conference
Journals
Some of the accepted papers will appear in the proceedings and modified version of selected papers will be published in special issues peer reviewed journals.

Conference committee
Dr Maram Masarwi
Dr. Maram Masarwi
head of conference
dean of the Faculty of education at Al Qasemi Academy
Dr. Ali Jabareen
Dr. Ali Jabareen
committee member
dean of the Faculty of humanities at Al Qasemi Academy
Dr. Sameer Majadly
Dr. Sameer Majadly
committee member
coordinator of teaching major and director of the unit of professional development at Al Qasemi Academy
Dr. Nael Issa
Dr. Nael Issa
committee member
coordinator of educational counseling at Al Qasemi Academy
Dr. Wissam Majadly
Dr. Wissam Majadly
committee member
lecturer at Al Qasemi Academy
Mr. Wassim Younis
Mr. Wassim Younis
conference moderator
lecturer at Al Qasemi Academy

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Dr. Maram Masarwi

Dr Maram Masarwi Maram Masarwi is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Education at Al- Qasemi College of Education in Israel, and a lecturer in the faculty of Education at the David Yellin College. Dr. Masarwi holds a PhD from the department of social work at Hebrew University, her dissertation was titled: “Gender Differences in Bereavement and Trauma among Palestinian Parents Who Lost Their Children in al-Aqsa Intifada.” She holds an MA in education from Lesley University-Cambridge, and a BA in occupational therapy from Hebrew University. Masarwi was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Europe in Middle East-The Middle East in Europe, Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin (2014-2015), and a fellow at the Mandel School for Educational Leadership (2005-2007). Her primary research interests are, gender, religion and nationalism in Arab societies. The politics of memory and commemoration in Palestine. Motherhood and early motherhood among Arab women. And she is the author of the book POLITIRELIGIZATION OF BEREAVEMENT IN PALESTINIAN SOCIETY: GENDER, RELIGION AND THE NATIONALITY (Resling).

Contact information: Marammas70@gmail.com

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Dr. Ali Jabareen

Dr. Ali Jabareen Profile:
Accomplished career demonstrating consistent success as an Administrator, lecturer, pedagogical guide and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Al-Qasemi College. A highly dynamic education professional, possessing international credentials and a proven record of initiative, project management, academic accomplishment, and community service, with a firm belief in the power of quality education to effect positive communal change and a committed effort to promote higher levels of communication between people of different cultures.

HIGHER EDUCATION:
Doctoral Degree: “Administration, Training and Policy Studies”, 2007- Boston University: Boston MA, USA Master of Arts (MA): English Literature 1985- Connecticut College: New London CT, USA Bachelor of Arts (BA) – English Literature, Arabic Literature 1983- Tel Aviv University: Israel

Contact information:
Aqada, Umm El-Fahem, Israel 30010
Home: 972-9-6110678 Mobile: 0523810360 Office: 972-9-6286704
Telefax Number: 972-4-6286600/643/620/704
Email: ajabaree@netvision.net.il
Al-Qasemi, Academic College, Baqa el Garbia 30100, P.O.B 124, Israel

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Dr. Sameer Majadly

Dr. Sameer Majadly Dr. Sameer Majadly is currently the Head of Internship & New Teachers Department. He is also the Head of the Professional Development Department at Al- Qasemi College of Education in Israel.

Dr. Majadly holds a PhD from the department of education at Al-Yarmouk University. His dissertation was entitled: “Organizational Culture and Administrative Innovation at the Arab Colleges for Teacher Education in the Green Line from the Point of Views of its lecturers”. He holds an MA from Haifa University, and a BA in Informal Education from Beit Berl College. Dr. Majadly’s main interests are researching alternative ways in teaching at schools and the world of student teacher’s narrative research as a fundamental constitute for professional development.

Contact information :
Email: samirmagadlah@gmail.com

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Dr. Nael Issa

Dr. Nael Issa Dr. Nael is the Coordinator of the Pedagogical Training at Al- Qasemi College of Education in Israel. He is a former president of al-Qasemi College of Engineering and Science.

His work focuses on the preparation of pre service teachers to deal with the challenges facing the Arab community in Israel . His current research is about the training models of the pre-service teachers as well as the role that technology may play in teaching and learning science.

Contact information :
Email: nael-e@qsm.ac.il

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Dr. Wissam Majadly

Dr. Wissam Majadly lecturer at Al Qasemi Academy

Contact information :
Email: w.magadley@yahoo.com

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Mr. Wassim Younis

Mr. Wassim Younis lecturer at Al Qasemi Academy

Contact information :
Email: Wassimlz@yahoo.com