Education for a New Era: Stakeholders’ Perception of Qatari Education Reform


  • Maha Ellili-Cherif College of Education, Qatar University
  • Michael Henry Romanowski



education reform, educational reform, teacher perception on reform, principal perception on reform, parent perception on reform


The paper reports the results of a qualitative research study that explores principal, teacher, and parent perceptions with regard to Qatar’s education reform, Education for a New Era (EFNE) launched in 2004. The study focuses on the effects of the reform on each group, their perceived advantages and disadvantages of the reform, and the challenges they face in the implementation of EFNE. Data for this study was collected through an open-ended questionnaire. The results point to the positive effects of EFNE on improving instruction, principals' leadership style, and learner attitude to education. These stakeholders believe that the reform is too ambitious and sometimes unrealistic. The three groups also report challenges that revolve around the amount of extra effort and work it requires from them, the continuous reform changes, and the threats to the local culture and language. Discussion and conclusions are provided regarding EFNE.




How to Cite

Ellili-Cherif, M., & Romanowski, M. H. (2013). Education for a New Era: Stakeholders’ Perception of Qatari Education Reform. International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership, 8(6).

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