Fulbright Research Presentation on International Education, Teachers’ Professional Development, and Literacy Instructions

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AMINEF and UIN Raden Fatah Palembang invite you to a Fulbright Research Presentation on International Education, Teachers’ Professional Development, and Literacy Instructions on August 22, 2019, at UIN Raden Fatah Palembang. This event will feature two Fulbrighters: 2018 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Dr. Abdul Hadi from UIN Suska Riau, Pekanbaru and 2015 Fulbright Doctorate Program recipient Dr. Irfan Rifai from Bina Nusantara University, Jakarta.

This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Hadi is a senior lecturer of English education at Universitas Islam Negeri Sultan Syarif Kasim Riau. He is a two-time Fulbright Scholars; the first was in 2006 when he earned his master’s degree in TESL from the University of Arizona and the second one was in 2018 as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan where he carried out a research on the role of religion and how it affects pre-service English teacher education in Muslim-majority countries.

A summary of Dr. Hadi’s research entitled “Islam and English Teacher education in Muslim-majority countries”: This study is about the intricate realities that exist in English teacher education programs in Indonesia as a Muslim-Majority country where religion, particularly Islam, has a pervasive role potentially impacting the education of English teachers. It explores pre-service teachers’ educational experience and perspectives on the influence of Islam as a religion on their pre-service English teacher education. Findings from the study are expected to inform practitioners, researchers, and policymakers of teacher education in Indonesia or other similar contexts in their pursuit to contribute for teacher education that is sustainable and relevant both socio-culturally/religiously and globally.

Dr. Hadi earned his doctorate from the University of Sydney in 2015. He has presented his work both nationally and internationally and has published in peer-reviewed Journals such as TEFLIN Journal and The Qualitative Report (in press).

Dr. Irfan is a faculty member at the English department of Binus University. He was a 2015 Fulbright Doctoral Degree grantee in reading and literacy at the Ohio State University. He earned his master’s degree in leadership and management in Education from Flinders University, Australia and a bachelor’s degree in English language teaching from Universitas Negeri Semarang. His research interest is related to educational drama, book talk, reading and literacy instructions.

A summary of Dr. Irfan’s research entitled “Students’ and teachers’ ways of making meaning/understanding religious and literary texts through drama”: The research investigated students’ talk and collaboration to make meaning / understand stories from literary and religious texts by using drama strategies. Through the perspective of sociocultural discourse analysis, the researcher analyzed students’ and teachers’ talk to construct his understanding of how drama strategies influenced the interactions between students and teachers. The research took place in a fifth grade Language Arts class and a second grade religious class of an Islamic school in the United States. In these classes, three drama strategies were used in the language arts class and performance storytelling was used in the other class. The research revealed the distinctive ways that students and teachers co-constructed meaning from both types of texts.

The event will be joined by three researchers from UIN Raden Fatah Palembang who will present their respective research:

1. Dr. Ismail Sukardi (Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs) and his research entitled: “Internationalization of State Islamic University in Indonesia: Its Concept, Form, and Effect for University Recognition”

A summary of the research: Internationalization is an important element of a university’s recognition and reputation at an international level. This article aimed to describe the concept, forms and the effect of internationalization on a university’s recognition and reputation. This research chose two best state Islamic universities in Indonesia; UIN Syarif Hidayatullah in Jakarta and UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim in Malang, East Java as samples. The result showed that the two universities have a unique concept of internationalization starting from its vision, detail indicators, and planning. Both universities have inbound internationalization and outbound internationalization forms. Their reputation and recognition can be seen in Webometrics rank, 4ICU, and also AUN-QA Certification.

This research is co-authored with Renny Kurnia Sari, M.Pd. (Head of International Office).

2. Prof. Dr. Duski Ibrahim (Head of Postgraduate School) and his research entitled “Malay Culture in Maqasid Shariah Telescope”

A summary of the research: Maqâsid sharî’ah are the objectives or purposes behind Islamic rulings. The maqâsid ash-sharî’ah can be preserved or carried out by two sides of direction, namely: by side of existence (min jânib al-wujûd), in sense to realize the maslahah (something benefit); or by side of non-being (min jânib al-‘adam), in sense to reject or remove the mafsadah (something harmful). Recently, Muslim scholars developed the concept into familiar economic terminology, such as social assistance, economic development, the flow of money, wellbeing of society, and diminishing the difference between economic levels. This development enables utilizing maqâsid sharî’ah to encourage economic growth, which much-needed in most countries with a Muslim majority. In a brief word, maqâsid sharî’ah urges Muslims to dominate economic affair in all fields. But in fact, Malay Muslims are still left behind.

To ensure a place, please register at http://bit.ly/FRPinPalembang

Last Updated: Sep 3, 2019 @ 2:39 pm

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