Dr Abdulai Abukari

Dr Abdulai Abukari


Associate Professor - Education Management, Leadership and Policy
Before joining BUiD, he worked for Middlesex University in different capacities for over ten years with at least the last five years as a senior lecturer and a programme leader for undergraduate and postgraduate professional development programmes at the Institute for Work Based Learning (IWBL).

Contact details

+971 4 279 1400 Ext: 467
+971 4 279 1490
abdulai.abukari@buid.ac.ae

 

 

Title

Associate Professor and Visiting Academic at the University of Glasgow

Degrees / Professional Qualification’s

PhD in Comparative and International Education (Management, Leadership, Middlesex University, UK

  • PhD in Comparative and International Education, Middlesex University
  • MPhil in Comparative and International Education, University of Oslo
  • CertHE (Teaching and Learning), Middlesex University
  • BEd, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana

Profile

Dr Abdulai Abukari is currently Associate Professor, Education Management, Leadership and Policy, a Visiting Fellow at the University of Glasgow and Coordinator of a number of modules in the Faculty of Education at the British University in Dubai (BUiD). Dr Abdulai Abukari completed his PhD in Comparative and International Education at Middlesex University and Master of Philosophy at the University of Oslo in the same discipline. He specialises in Comparative and International Education (Policy, Leadership and Management); Quality Assurance in education particularly higher education; Workplace Learning and Teacher Education. Before joining BUiD, he worked for Middlesex University in different capacities for over ten years with at least the last five years as a senior lecturer and a programme leader for undergraduate and postgraduate professional development programmes at the Institute for Work Based Learning (IWBL). He also taught at different levels of educational systems including Key stage 2 (UK), Teacher training college and Senior high school (Ghana).

Research

Dr Abdulai Abukari’s primary research focus is Comparative and International Education (Policy, Leadership and Management), teacher education and Workplace Learning. Current research focuses on comparative studies of UAE, developed and developing contexts, with particular emphasis on teacher education and service roles of contemporary higher education institutions and how institutions respond to demands of contemporary society and the so-called emerging knowledge society especially through new approaches to education policy, curriculum development, learning and assessment and quality assurance. Dr Abdulai Abukari has extensive experience in teaching and conducting research in developing and developed contexts and has published in these areas as well as undertaken major research projects for the Higher Education Academy (England and Wales). He has expertise in using qualitative and mixed methods as well as cross-national research approaches.

He was a keynote speaker at a recent BAICE event at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge (July 2015) as well as an invited reviewer of the Singapore’s Ministry of Education Tertiary Education Research Fund (TRF).

Also published a ground breaking analyses of women education in Islam from the perspective of the Quran using a critical Islamic interpretative perspective. See [Abukari, A. (2014) Female Education in Islam: a critical Islamic interpretation of the Quran, Religious Education, 109 (1) pp 4 – 23]

Current Research

  • Quality assuring doctoral programmes in international context: a comparative case study of quality assurance in doctoral programmes in UAE and UK
  • Developing appropriate practice in teacher education: a literature review of research and practice in the UAE.
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Resent completed Research include:

  • Report on research leading to an options appraisal and feasibility study for the establishment of an all-Wales Workforce Development Centre. Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council of Wales (HEFCW)
  • Quality assurance in higher education
  • Literature Review on Employee Learning. Funded by the Higher Education Academy, England.
  • Work-based learning impact study. Funded by the Higher Education Academy, England.

 

Awards

  • Research-Student Tutor Grants, Middlesex University
  • The European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers Award
  • Norwegian Quota Scheme (Norwegian Government Scholarship) University of Oslo 

 

 

Selected Recent Publications:

Abukari, A. (being reviewed) 'Quality assuring the professional doctorate: challenging the traditional precepts for quality assurance through the supervisors’/advisers’ lens’, Quality Assurance in Education

Abukari, A. & Costley, C. (2015) The Impact of Work-based research projects at postgraduate level, Journal of Work-Applied Management, 7 (1), pp3-11.

Abukari, A. (2014) Pedagogical beliefs in work-based learning: an analysis of teachers’ belief orientations, Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 19 (4) pp. 481-497.

Abukari, A. (2014) Female Education in Islam: a critical Islamic interpretation of the Quran, Religious Education, 109 (1) pp 4 – 23

Abukari, A. & Corner, T. (2010) Delivering higher education to meet local needs in a developing context: the quality dilemmas; Quality Assurance in Education, 18 (3) pp 191-208

Abukari, A. (2010) The dynamics of service engagement of higher education: A comparative study, Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 40 (1) pp 43 – 57

Costley, C. & Abukari, A. (2009) Work-based learning in higher education, European Journal of Education (Special Edition), 44 (3) pp. 312-317.

Abukari, A. (2007) Financing Teacher Education in Ghana: Exploring Non-Traditional Sources, Occasional Papers in Education and Lifelong Learning, 1 (1) pp. 27-43.

Abukari, A. (2005) Conceptualising Lifelong Learning: A Reflection of Lifelong Learning at Lund University (Sweden) and Middlesex University

 

Selected Recent Conference presentations:

Sutton, B.; Abukari, A. & Betts, M. (2015) Work based learning: an alternative approach to strategic thinking? Examples of international and UK WBL programmes. Presented at the UALL Work & Learning Annual Conference, London, 26th June 2015.

Pizzalato, N. & Abukari, A. (2014)A Research methodologies and practice-led doctorates: a view from below. Presented at the 4th International Conference on Professional Doctorates, The Millennium Conference Centre, Cardiff, Wales, 9-11 April 2014.

Abukari, A. (2010) Quality Management in Professional Doctorate Projects: A Mode2 Perspective, poster/paper presented at the 1st International Conference on professional Doctorates, London, April 2010.

Abukari, A. (2010) Practicalising lifelong learning: using work-based learning as a case, paper presented at Work Based Learning Futures Conference at the Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex University, April 2010

Abukari, A. (2008) Value or Quality? A Mode 2 Perspective of Quality management in work based Projects. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Work Based Learning network of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL), 3-4 July, University of Wales Institute in Cardiff.

Abukari, A (2007)A Service Engagement of the Contemporary University: Towards a New Understanding through a Comparative Study of Middlesex University (UK) and the University for Development Studies’ (Ghana), Unpublished doctoral thesis, London: Middlesex University.

Abukari, A. (2007) 'Work Based Learning: old wine in a new bottle?’ Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Work Based Learning Network of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL), 5-6 July, London.

Basiel, A., Abukari, A., Bailey, M. and Hughes, P. (2007) 'European Perspectives on Work Based Learning’, Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Work Based Learning Network of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL), 5-6 July, London.

Corner, T. and Abukari, A. (2006)A 'Multiculturalism in the Digital World: Can this Utopia become Reality?’ Paper presented at the Netherlands (towards FILTER 2 Project).

Abukari, A. and Corner, T. (2005)A 'Service Engagement in Higher Education: exploring emerging models’. Paper Presented at Annual Conference of British Educational Research Association (BERA), 14-16 Sept. 2005, Glamorgan.

Abukari, A. (2004) 'Practicalising Lifelong Learning: A Focus on Middlesex University’s National Centre for Work Based Learning and Partnership’, Paper presented at the Biannual Conference of Comparative Education Society of Europe (CESE) Conference, 24 June – 1 July 2004 Copenhagen, Denmark

Abukari, A (2004) 'Global Conflict Resolution: A Critical Approach to Multicultural Education’, BAICE Conference, 3-5 September 2004, University of Sussex.

 

Currently Teaching the following (2015/16 Academic Year):

  • Assessment and Learning
  • Research Methods 2
  • Leadership and School Improvement
  • Educational Policy
  • Curriculum and Innovation 
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