Thanks to a Utah State University researcher, university students in eight Arabic-speaking countries will soon have materials in Arabic to help prospective teachers design early education programs to meet the needs of their students.
USU professor Vonda Norman Jump is principal investigator on a project in Jordan that includes translating one of the textbooks American early educators find indispensable.
Up-to-date, well-referenced textbooks are rare in Jordan, Jump Norman said. Most university coursework there is delivered by lecture only. Having a respected, referenced resource available in Arabic will fill a prominent need in the early childhood field in Jordan, and students will have access to this important reference publication from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
This new development grew out of the “Strengthening Early Childhood Education in Jordan” project, which aims to improve the undergraduate curriculum for kindergarten teachers in two Jordanian universities so new teachers will be prepared to step into the classroom ready to teach.
“For me, personally, this is an incredible contribution from the project,” said Jump Norman, a researcher at USU’s Center for Persons with Disabilities and the project's principal investigator.
The translation of Developmentally Appropriate Practice is now under contract with the nonprofit Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States publisher. The publisher plans to publish 5,000 copies of the text. Half of the published copies would be distributed free to universities, educational institutes and colleges of education in the member states of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Sultanate of Oman, Kingdom of Bahrain, Yemen, Qatar and Jordan. The remaining books will be sold at a minimal price.
The effort to translate the text grew out of Jump Norman’s project, a three-year collaboration between representatives of USU, Petra University and the University of Jordan. Its goals include sharing ideas between partners, enhancing the student teaching experience offered at the two Jordanian universities, increasing the use of developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood classrooms, and using the expertise of the Ministry of Education through partnering with them.
Contact: Vonda Jump, 435-797-3579, firstname.lastname@example.org