The Education of Dispute Resolution in Al Jazeera Al Arabiya: A Case for a Culturally Engaging Pedagogy

13 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2021

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Sukhsimranjit Singh

Pepperdine University - Rick J. Caruso School of Law

Khadija El Alaoui

Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University

Maura Pilotti

Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University

muamar salameh

Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

In law and business schools, culturally relevant/responsive curricula can aid students’ academic success. In this paper, we examine the use of culturally responsive narratives to illustrate principles and practices of dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration) in the Middle East as distinct or similar to those prescribed under Common Law. Through narratives embedded in familiar historical and socio-cultural contexts, we argue that students of Middle Eastern descent can achieve a greater understanding and retention of the curriculum as it is translated from theory into practice, exercise critical thinking skills, and enhance their motivation to learn. Teaching that taps into a reservoir of knowledge within Middle Eastern communities can also become a transformative experience for students, since it not only recognizes their communities of origin as noteworthy, but also makes their socio-cultural identities a key ingredient of the instructional process. As evidence of methodological effectiveness, we examine students’ reflections on the use of culturally familiar narratives to illustrate principles and practices of dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration) in the Middle East as distinct or similar to those adopted by the Western world.

Keywords: teaching, learning, dispute resolution, cultural diversity

Suggested Citation

Singh, Sukhsimranjit and El Alaoui, Khadija and Pilotti, Maura and salameh, muamar, The Education of Dispute Resolution in Al Jazeera Al Arabiya: A Case for a Culturally Engaging Pedagogy (2020). Education Sciences 10(4):89, Pepperdine University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2021/3, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3830831

Sukhsimranjit Singh (Contact Author)

Pepperdine University - Rick J. Caruso School of Law ( email )

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Khadija El Alaoui

Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University ( email )

P.O. Box 1664
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Saudi Arabia

Maura Pilotti

Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University ( email )

P.O. Box 1664
Al Khobar, 31952
Saudi Arabia

Muamar Salameh

Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University ( email )

P.O. Box 1664
Al Khobar, 31952
Saudi Arabia

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