Mapping the field of educational leadership and management in the Arabian Gulf region: A systematic review of Arabic research literature

Waheed Hammad*, Eugenie A. Samier, Azzam Mohammed

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The purpose of this systematic review was to identify trends in educational leadership and management (EDLM) knowledge production in the Arabian Gulf region, drawing on a database of 272 studies published in local (Arabic) journals over a 10-year period (2009–2018). The review focused on the geographic distribution of the literature, authorship trends, types of studies, research topics, research methods and data collection techniques. The study employed quantitative methods aimed at highlighting patterns of EDLM knowledge production rather than synthesising research findings. The study used the Arabic databases hosted by Dar Almandumah (EduSearch, EcoLink, IslamicInfo, AraBase, and Humanindex), in addition to the Shamaa database to identify relevant sources. The study found that the literature under investigation reflected many of the features characterising EDLM literatures from other developing countries, especially in terms of the types of studies, topical coverage and research methods. The most notable features included uneven geographic distribution, predominance of single-authored papers, absence of certain important topics, prevalence of empirical articles, and heavy reliance on quantitative research methods and data collection techniques. Recommendations were provided to improve future EDLM research in the region. The study supports findings from previous reviews of EDLM literature in the Arab region and highlights the need for more concerted efforts to enhance the quality and relevance of this literature to increase its ability to inform policy and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-25
Number of pages20
JournalEducational Management Administration and Leadership
Issue number1
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


  • Arab
  • educational leadership
  • educational management
  • Gulf states
  • Systematic review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Strategy and Management


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