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BIO: Sami Basha, American University of Sicily president, and former Head of Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commision AQAC for the higher education institutions at the PNA (2017-2018). He has been prevoiusly Advisor to the Minister for accreditation and quality of higher education institutions and Vice President for International affairs and director of the special Education program and Center at Palestine University of Bethlehem. Has a long experience with high profile of expertise in higher education and accreditament with strategical planning for effective teaching and learning quality. He has spent his sabbatical as a senior visiting Fulbright Scholar to the Searle Center for Advancing teaching and learning in 2014/2015 working on a research to promote critical thinking skills in the Palestinian higher education at Northwestern university in Chicago. He has been also a pedagogical consultant on local and international institutions (AMIDEAST, USAID, UNDP, WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO, WORLD BANK). His main research interests include: Critical thinking and intercultural studies and minorities, special/inclusive education and guidance and counselling and most recent is his pubblication at Erikson on Pedagogy of Liberation. Basha was born in the town of Jenin, and completed his master's and doctoral degrees in the faculty of Sciences of Education at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, Italy. He is a member of various associations: former DISES / CEC Board of Directors as a Member at Large - US, former member of the Italian Society for Special Education (SIPES)). He has different national and international publications, among which the "Adapting the Critical Thinking Assessment Test for Palestinian Universities.", & "Basha Behavioural Autism spectrum Disorder Screening test (BAT)©, which he has developed and published in different languages. His most recent research has been on how to be functional on a context of conflict and he is the author of the pedagogy of liberation approach in Palestine and has been lecturing this new method around the world in the last couple of years and trying to elaborate the functionality concept of individuals in a context of conflict from an Educational Perspective, where he is highlighting the ability of Palestinians to generate productive attitude keeping dignity in spite the absurdity of the oppression. He was a project director of a grant addressing special needs education with the AMIDEAST/USAID, through which he has establish net work of university professors who meet to rethink how academia can better address the special needs education. A Focus of his work brought to the development of the very first Ma Academic program in special education published as a national document in Palestine in 2012, by the Catholic University of Milan EDUCAT. He was awarded the Excellency of teaching and learning from the ministry of higher education and AMIDEAST in 2011 and given a certificate of Higher education Master Trainer after 3 years of training and working with national and international universities. On 2013 he received the DISES award from the Council for Exceptional Children in the United States for his accomplishment in the special education sector in Palestine. Recently, He has been nominated by the Palestinian ministry of higher education for a committee to develop the research sector and higher educational collaboration between Palestine and Italy and the Palestinian Higher Education Reform Expert's team "HEREs " 2018.
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Research interests and skills Critical thinking, higher education, I n t e r n a t i o n a l i z a t i o n , intercultural studies and minorities. Inclusive Education, Faculty development, Social transformation project, family discomfort in growing children youth education, youth counseling. Modern technology and education. Developing a more dynamic and independent culture.
Publications (Papers) - Pedagogy of Liberation, A Palestinian perspective. Cultivating new ways to engage each other in a context of conflict. Erickson, Orientamenti Pedagogici. Vol. 64, n. 1, January March 2017. Pp. 53- 69. - Educative network’s role in reinforcing the academic development in the Palestinian universities. Reflective model toward productivity and innovation in teaching and learning. The Education and Science Journal. Vol. 7, 2016. - Adapting the Critical Thinking Assessment Test for Palestinian Universities. Journal of Education and Learning. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2016. - Christian Inclusion in Educational and Economical Development in Palestine Socio-Cultural and Economical Challenges in a Context of Conflict . Italian Journal of Special Education for Inclusion, anno I | n. 2 | 2013. Pp. 149 – 164. - Scelte civili e non violente in Terra Santa. Verso una pedagogia della liberazione , in Per una cultura di pace in Terra Santa, Unicatt- Università Cattolica di Milano, (Dicembre 2009). - Giustizia, sviluppo e pace: dalla Populorum progressio una proposta educativa per la Palestina , in “La Terra Santa”, anno LXXX, genn./feb. 2004, pp. 20-25.
Publications (Books) - Una pedagogia olistica e di frontiera; Jacqueline Sfeir (2016) .in, Storia della Pedagogia Speciale. L’origine, Lo sviluppo, la differenziazione. A cura di, Piero Crispiani. ETS. (ISBN: 9788846743596). - Parents, teachers and professionals working together for an inclusive policy. Teachers’ handbook for children with special education . EDUCatt. Milano 2011. ISBN: 978-88-8311-851-7. - UNIVERSITY PROGRAM, Special and Inclusive Education with specialization in mild and moderate disabilities / Master of Education. Collaborative Projects in Teaching (CPT) Palestinian Faculty Development Program (PFDP) AMIDEAST / USAID (2011). - BASHA Behavioral Autism Spectrum Disorder Screening (BAT). Teachers’ handbook for children with special education. EDUCatt . Milano 2010. ISBN: 978-88-9311-793-0. - Contributions and involvements of the Christian Palestinian community in the educational work , UPS, Roma 2002.