Dr. Fatima Rehan Dar

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Name Dr. Fatima Rehan Dar Areas of work Curriculum and Teacher Professional Development, Language Education, Assessment, Monitoring & Evaluation, Research, Corporate Training

PhD in Education, School of Education and Cognitive Sciences, Asia e University, Malaysia, 2015 ·      

Master of Arts (M.A.) Curriculum and Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA, 1997 ·  

M.A. English Language and Literature, Government College University, Lahore, Pakistan, 1994

Country Experience Pakistan, United Kingdom
Skills Training, Teacher Development, Educational & Curriculum Reforms , Research
Language Skills English; Urdu
Contact Details Address : GF 3, Block 74, Seaview Apartments, Phase V, DHA, Karachi
Tel: +92 21 35843447
Mobile: 0300-8219496
E-mail: fatimadar@yahoo.com
CNIC: 35200-1479144-8

Summary of Experience Dr Fatima Rehan Dar is a seasoned educational expert with more than 26 years of experience working in the education sector. Her focus areas are teacher and corporate trainings, professional development, educational reforms, curriculum development, non-formal education and educational research. She is currently the CEO and Managing Partner of Oak Consulting. Oak Consulting is an educational consultancy that offers services in the fields of teacher development and research, curriculum development, educational reforms, monitoring and evaluation, corporate leadership, soft skill development, information technology and language development. Previously, she served as Director, Institute for Global Cooperation and Outreach at Iqra University, Karachi and also Director, Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Innovation at the same university. She has been associated with the education departments of other academic institutions including SZABIST, Beaconhouse National University, Aga Khan University, IOBM, Virtual University and Ali Institute of Education. She has developed teacher training courses for the Virtual University of Pakistan’s Bachelors in Education (B. Ed) programme in addition to other public and private sector schools in Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan. She also served as Team Lead, Monitoring, Evaluation and Research on the USAID funded Sindh Capacity Development Project. Fatima’s special areas of interests are English language teacher education, curriculum development, education management, materials’ development, monitoring, assessment and evaluation and research. Dr Dar holds PhD in Education from School of Education and Cognitive Sciences, Asia e University, Malaysia, an M.A. Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University (USA) and an MA in English from Government College University, Lahore (PAK). She has had the honour to receive Charles Wallace Trust Scholarship Award for year 2000 and went to Institute of Education, University College London. She was also selected to visit the Stockholm Institute of Education, Sweden to work on a collaborative project on action research. She held the honour of being the Editor (English section) of the magazine of Government College University, The Ravi’, for which she was awarded the Roll of Honour. She was also the Head Girl of her school.   She has remained member of federal and provincial committees on education and curriculum and textbook reforms. She is also member of editorial boards of academic journals and member of Board of Studies of key universities in Pakistan. She is also a prolific researcher, an approved Higher Education Commission of Pakistan’s approved PhD supervisor and has a number of international and national publications to her credit.  

Education Consultancies

March 4, 2022-to date   CEO & Managing Partner, Oak Consulting

Dec.14, 2021-to date

Oct. 2021-Feb. 2022
Aug 2021-to date

2021 – 2021

Lead Instructor, National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE) & Post-secondary higher Education Sector Reform Unit (PERU)-Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.
Teacher Professional Development Specialist, Sindh, World Bank-T4T Assignment
Program Team Member, Women Leadership Program, National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE)

Adviser, Single National Curriculum English textbooks, Grades 1-5, DFID-KESP, FCDO, Pakistan

2017 – 2018 Team Lead, Monitoring, Evaluation and Research, Sindh Capacity Development Project, USAID, Pakistan
2017 – 2017 Lead Consultant, Adult Literacy Curriculum, Sindh, JICA, Pakistan
2015 – 2015
  • Team Lead, Technical assistance on the compilation of Grade 3 English textbook by Punjab Textbook Board, Adam Smith International, Pakistan ·       
  • Consultant, Recording Student Guidance and Counselling Course (B Ed.), Virtual University of Pakistan
2014 – 2014 Resource Person for course recording, Virtual University, Pakistan
2013 – 2014 Lead Research Consultant, Society for the Advancement of Education (SAHE), Pakistan
2009 – 2012 Member of Provincial Review Committee (PRC), Adviser of English Textbooks from Grade 1 – 10, Punjab Textbook Board, Lahore, Pakistan
2008 – 2009 Lead Consultant, Adaptive English language Tool Project, National University of Science and Technology – FAST, Lahore, Pakistan
2004 – 2006 Technical Adviser/Consultant, Action Research Project under the Professional Development, Initiative of ESRA, International Reading Association – ESRA-USAID, Pakistan
2001 – 2002
  • Lead Language Consultant, Lahore Grammar School, Pakistan ·       
  • Language Consultant, Society for the Advancement for Higher Education (SAHE), Pakistan
1996 – 2010 In-service teacher training projects/professional development workshops for various academic institutions/organisations, Pakistan

Employment History

1995 – 2022

Academic Positions, Pakistan/UK: 

  • Director & Associate Professor, Institute for Global Cooperation & Outreach, Iqra University, Karachi, September 15, 2021 – March 3, 2022 
  • Director & Associate Professor, Centre for Teaching Excellence and Learning Innovation, Iqra University, Karachi, August 15, 2018 – September 14, 2021
  •  Assistant Professor, Head, Department of Education, SZABIST, Karachi, 2015 – 2017 ·       
  • Assistant Professor (Part-time), VM Institute for Education, Karachi, 2014 – 2015 ·       
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education, School of Education, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, 2011 – 2013 ·       
  • Visiting Faculty, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, 2006 – 2010 ·       
  • Lecturer (part-time), Centre of English Language, Aga Khan University, Karachi, 2004 – 2011 ·     
  • Assistant Professor, Centre of English Language, Aga Khan University, Karachi, 2003 – 2004 ·      
  • Visiting Faculty, Centre of English Language Teacher Education, University of Warwick (UK), 2002 · 
  • Part Time Tutor (e-learning courses), Dept. of English Teaching, Institute of Education (IOE), University of London (UK), 2000 ·
  • Senior lecturer, Department of Language Education, Ali Institute of Education (AIE), Lahore, 1995 -200   
  • English Language Teacher, Women Development Center, Lahore, 1995    

Selected Experience

Adviser-Single National Curriculum English textbooks (Grades 1-5), KESP, FCDO, April 2021 – June 2021

As an adviser – Single National Curriculum (SNC), Fatima conducted the review of five primary model textbooks developed under the SNC English Grade 1 to 5. In the review assignment, she assessed coverage of Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) in the SNC in the textbooks listed. She was responsible to critically review appropriateness of selection of activities presented in the textbooks and review missing links in the vertical sequencing of a selection of SLOs in the textbooks listed.

Pakistan, Lead Consultant, The Citizens Foundation (TCF), May 2020- March 21
In the role of lead consultant, I monitored and evaluated the teacher training DASTAK project for TCF. The purpose of the project was to analyze the impact of the training given by TCF to teacher trainers of marginalized areas of Karachi. The work involved the following elements:

  • Study the documents including program design, curriculum, lesson plans, teacher training materials to analyze their fitness for the project.
  • Take the stakeholders on board and evaluate the framework and design in the light of their experiences.
  • Observe classrooms to see the effect of teacher training on students and teaching – learning process.
  • Submit a project evaluation report that outlined the results of document analysis, interviews and classroom observations.
  • Give some key recommendation for program improvement

Pakistan, Lead Consultant, Adult Literacy Curriculum, Sindh, JICA, 2017
In the role of Lead Consultant, Fatima conducted needs assessment of six districts of Sindh with respect to adult literacy. Monitoring of adult literacy and non-formal education centres. She evaluated data and provided the framework for the adult literacy curriculum.

Pakistan, Member of Provincial Review Committee (PRC), Adviser of English Textbooks from Grade 1-10 Punjab Textbook Board, April 2017 – August 2018
The work involves advisement on the linguistic and cognitive appropriacy and general quality of English textbook materials from Grade 1-10.

Pakistan, Team Lead, PESP, FCDO, 2015

As a team lead, Fatima supported on the Technical Assistance on the compilation of Grade 3 English textbook by Punjab Textbook Board. She conducted monitoring and evaluation of materials of Grade 3 against the given SLOs. She provided the feedback to writers and evaluated materials again for the textbook publishing.  

Pakistan, Lead Consultant Adaptive English Language Tool Project, National University of Science and Technology – FAST, 2008 – 2009 
This project was an endeavour to develop supplementary online Grade 9 English teaching materials for     Government school children. My work involved technical advisement on the linguistic features of the materials, systematic progression of linguistic concepts and a review of the linkage between language teaching and the online mode of teaching and learning.  

Pakistan, Technical Adviser, Action Research Project under the Professional Development, Initiative of ESRA, International Reading Association – ESRA-USAID, 2004 -2006 

Fatima was a consultant on an Action Research Project which was part of the professional development of Head Teachers, District Education Officers and PITE’s of nine districts of Sindh and Balochistan. The work involved conducting workshops for Master Trainers on Action Research, enabling them to introduce the concepts in their respective districts.  

Pakistan, Language Consultant, Society for the Advancement for Higher Education (SAHE), 2001 – 2001 

Fatima developed language support materials for the Punjab Textbook Board including books and English language improvement material for teachers teaching in rural areas of Pakistan. She developed teachers’ manuals for community schools supported by SAHE in District Pakpattan, Punjab. The manuals focused on teaching English language from Grades 1-5 and also gave appropriate teaching techniques to teachers for classroom use. She also developed training manuals for teaching vocabulary and grammar for the community schools supported by SAHE in District Pakpattan, Punjab. These were training kits which facilitated the teaching of vocabulary and grammar.  

Pakistan, In-service teacher training projects, various academic institutions/organisations, 1996 – 2010
Fatima has developed and conducted language teacher training programmes, professional development workshops for the following schools and organisations: Lahore Grammar School, Lahore; Convent of Jesus and Mary, Lahore; Divisional Public School, Lahore; Jinnah Public School, Gujrat; ICI Winnington School, Khewra; Engro Chemicals School, Dharki; Army Public Schools Lahore, Mailsi; PAF schools Lahore, Mianwali, Shorkot; Govt. Elementary Schools, District Pakpattan; NOWA Pirbhat, Khairpur; Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) Master Trainers’ program, Karachi; Directorate of Staff Development, Lahore.   She also worked with the Education Sector Reform Assistance Program (ESRA- USAID) conducting training in action research of trainers from Hyderabad, Thatta, Sukkur & Khairpur districts of Sindh and Gwador, Turbat, Noshki, Killa Saifullah and Chaghi districts of Balochistan.    

Member & Adviser

  • Punjab Textbook Board Provincial Review Committee Member (2009-2012)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Universal Journal of Educational Research, Horizon Research Publishing (HRPUB), USA
  • Member, Board of Governors, Manzil Educational Organization, Karachi
  • Member Board of Studies, Department of Humanities, NED University, Karachi
  • Member Board of Studies, Institute of Business Management (IoBM), Karachi,
  • Member Board of Studies, Department of English, Jinnah University for Women, Karachi
  • Member Board of Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Zia ud din University, Karachi
  • Member, Standing Committee Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FPCCI) on Technical and Vocational education
  • Member, Advisory committee, International Journal of Childhood Studies, IOBM Karachi
  • Member, Review Committee under Educational Reforms Committee, Government of Sindh
  • Member, Curriculum Review Committee, Ministry of Federal and Professional Training, Government of Pakistan
  • Reviewed the Single National Curriculum (English) from Grades 1-8 and given comments to the Ministry
  • Member, Curriculum Advisory Committee, Ministry of Federal and Professional Training, Government of Pakistan
  • External Member, Faculty Selection Committee, Aga Khan University, Institute for Education Development (AKU-IED)

Selected Publications Research Publications

  1. Dar, FR, Kamran, R., Asad, M. (2021). Identification of challenges in teaching world literature course at undergraduate level. Pakistan Journal of Educational Research. Vol 4, Issue 4. Pp. 402-418. https://pjer.org/index.php/pjer/article/view/368/134.
  2. Pathan, H., Khatoon, S., Memon, S. A., Raheem, A. M., Dar, F., Mushtaq, F. (2021). Impact of multimedia gloss on learning reading comprehension in ESL context. Elementary Education Online. ISSN: 1305-3515
  3. Dar, F., & Faruqui, A., & Asad, M. (2019). Scaffolding English Language Teaching through Technology, Journal of Education & Social Sciences, 7 (2), 79-92. DOI: https://doi.org/10.20547/jess0721907206
  4. Dar, Fatima (2018). Using texts to teach Cognitive-affective curriculum. Journal of Education and Educational Development. Vol (5), No.2. 28-44. Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.22555/joeed.v5i2.1976
  5. Dar, F. R. (2016). Empathetic and Pro-social Awareness in Primary School Students: A Case Study. Universal Journal of Educational Research 4(10): 2406-2414, 2016 http://www.hrpub.org DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2016.041019
  6. Dar, R. (2015). Rethinking Education – Emerging Roles for Teachers. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 3,63 – 74. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2015.030201.
  7. Dar, F., Aslam, A., Butt, S. (2014) Teaching and learning of English in Sindh: A case study of four districts. Lahore: SAHE
  8. Dar, F. (2014). Curriculum and textbooks. In Rashid, A., Muzzafar, I., Dar, F., Aslam, A., Awan, A., Butt, S., Khan, A.S.(Eds.). Education Monitor: Reviewing quality of key education inputs in Pakistan. Pp. 80-90. Lahore: SAHE

International Book Chapters

  1. Dar, F. (2003). English Language teaching through e-mail. In, Sabiha Mansoor, Aliya Tahir, & Shaheen Meraj, (Eds.). Language policy, planning and Practice. (pp. 235-243). Karachi: Oxford University Press.
  2. Dar, F. (2005). Online language learning. In Zafar Syed (Ed.) Culture, context, and communication in English language teaching. (pp. 331-343) Abu Dhabi: Military Language Institute.
  3. Dar, F., Kassim, Z.A. (2009) Cooperative learning – Is it an aid to learning? In, Sabiha Mansoor, Aliya Sikandar, Nasreen Hussain & Nasreen Ahsan (Eds.) Emerging issues in TEFL. (pp. 254-269). Karachi: Oxford University Press
  4. Dar, F. (2011) Affective education: How affective is our learning. In G. Cane, A. Ahmad & M. Hanzala (Eds.) Teaching English in multi contexts: current challenges, future directions. (pp.91-103) Newcastle upon Tyne: CSP.
  5. Dar, F. (2013) Social competence and language learning. In, A. Ahmad, M. Hanzala, F. Saleem &G. Cane (Eds.). ELT in a changing world: Innovative approaches to new challenges. (pp. 243-254). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  6. Rashid, A., Muzzafar, I., Dar, F., Butt, S. (2016). The issue of English as Medium of Instruction in primary schools in Pakistan: Learning English, mathematics or science? In Zehlia Babaci-Wilhite (Ed.) Human Rights in Language and STEM Education. Boston, (pp.179-204) MA: Sense Publishers

Journal Articles

  1. Dar, F. R. (2016). Teaching Through the Blended Mode of Learning: Benefits, Issues and Challenges. The Eurasia Proceedings of Educational & Social Sciences4, 84-92.
  2. Dar, F. (2012) Let language run its natural course. SPELT Quarterly, Vol. 27 – No. 1, pp. 13-16
  3. Dar, F. (2012) Textbook materials and their successful application in the classroom: Implications for language development. Journal of educational and instructional studies in the world. Vol. 2, issue: 4 article 13, pp. 109-114 ISSN: 2146-7463.
  4. Dar, F., Saleem, N. (2006). Time to clean up environment: Reading strategies. SPELT Quarterly, Vol 21- No.2.
  5. Dar, F. (2003). Developing emotional intelligence through literature. SPELT Quarterly, Vol 18 – No. 1, 20-22
  6. Dar, F. (2000). Teaching and writing poetry. SPELT Quarterly, Vol 15: No 2, 13-19

Conference Proceedings

  1. Dar, F. (2017, 19-20 May). Best Practices for Teachers: Creating Useful Linkages in Teaching and Learning. Paper presented at Language & Learning Conference: A Deliberation on Language-in-Education Policy and Practice in Pakistan. Lahore, Pakistan: SAHE. https://llconference.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Dr.-Fatima-Dar-Equipping-teachers.pdf
  2. Dar, F. (2002) Private Schools Teacher training Programs: Learning from the experience of two school systems: In Abbas Rashid. (Ed.) SAHE Education Watch Report 2002: Learning to Teach.

Newspaper Articles

  1. Dar, F.R. (2020, March 31). Education in times of crisis. The Nation. Retrieved from: https://nation.com.pk/31-Mar-2020/education-in-times-of-crisis
  2. Dar, F.R. (2017, November 9). Iqbal, Education and Youth. The Nation. Retrieved from: http://nation.com.pk/09-Nov-2017/iqbal-education-and-youth
  3. Dar, F. (2008, June 15). Gender disparity in children’s literature. DAWN.
  4. Dar, F. (2002, July 14). Emotional intelligence and literature. DAWN

  Papers Read at Academic Conferences

No Date Paper Venue
1 Feb-27-March 1, 1998 Language learning in large classes   SPELT International conference, Lahore
2 April 26-20, 1998 Impact of research by student teachers on their teaching practice International conference on Teacher Education in the Asian Region, Shanghai-China
3 Oct.15-17, 1999 Teaching and writing poetry SPELT International conference, Karachi
4 Feb.17-18, 2001 English language teaching through e-mail 1st CEL International Seminar Aga Khan University, Karachi
5 Nov. 10, 2001 Language Teacher Education programs in Pakistan National Conference on Teacher Education, SAHE, Lahore
6 Oct. 25-27, 2002 Teaching literature to young learners SPELT International conference, Karachi
7 May 7-8, 2003 Online language Learning Teacher –To- Teacher International conference Military Language Institute, Abu Dhabi
8 Aug. 16-17, 2003 Cooperative learning: is it an aid to learning? English and Higher Education: Future Directions CEL International Seminar, Aga Khan University, Karachi
9 Oct. 10-12, 2003 Teaching Creative Writing SPELT International conference, Karachi
10 Oct.1-3, 2004 Teaching vocabulary development SPELT International conference, Karachi
11 July 17-18, 2005 Language and culture CEL-AKU International Seminar 2005
12 Sep. 8-10, 2006 Teaching reading skills 22rd SPELT International conference, Karachi
13 Nov.2-4, 2007 Teaching creative writing 23rd SPELT International conference, Karachi
14 Oct. 17-19, 2008 Teaching Gender through children’s literature 24th SPELT International Conference, Karachi
15 Oct. 16-18, 2009 How affective is our learning? 5th International Seminar: Teaching English in multilingual   contexts: current challenges, future directions Institute of Education Development, Centre of English Language, Aga Khan University, Karachi
16 Oct. 16-18, 2009 Material Development and adaptation 25tth SPELT International Conference, Karachi
17 March 6, 2010 Teaching guided and creative writing    PTAN Conference 2010, IED Karachi
18 Oct. 1-17, 2010 Teaching guided and creative writing 26th SPELT International Conference, Karachi.
19 Jan. 29-30, 2011 Social competence and language learning 6th International Seminar Institute of Education Development, Centre of English Language, Aga Khan University,Karachi
20 Oct. 21-23, 2011 Advocating pro-social behaviour through language   7th SPELT International Conference, Lahore
21 Oct.19-21, 2012 Empathetic awareness through literature based texts 28th SPELT International Conference, Lahore
22 Nov.7-9, 2012 Materials And Their Successful Application In The Classroom: Implications for language development Antalya, Turkey
23 Oct.2, 2013 Curriculum, materials and textbooks Curriculum and Textbook Reforms in Sindh Sindh Textbook Board Conference, Karachi
24 Nov. 30, 2013 Empathy Development: A compromised feature in textbook development 2nd Education Conference IoBM, Karachi
25 Sep.5-7, 2014 Cognitive-Affective Curriculum-A dynamic curricular approach 30st SPELT International Conference, Karachi
26 Nov. 17-19, 2014 Rethinking Education: Emerging roles for teachers ELLTA Conference, University Sains Malaysia
27 January 24-25, 2015 Teachers and Parents as agents of Peace I am Karachi, Teach for Peace Conference Karachi
28 October 4, 2015 Empathetic and prosocial awareness in primary students: A case study Asia e University PRC 2015, Malaysia
29 November 7-8, 2015 Exploiting texts for cognitive-affective integration  31st SPELT International Conference Habib Public School, Karachi
30 March 14-15, 2016 Blended mode of learning A way forward for professionals ELDEC 3rd International Conference Virtual University of Pakistan, Lahore
31 May 19-22, 2016 Teaching through the blended mode of learning: benefits, issues and challenges International Conference on Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology (ICEMST), Bodrum, Turkey
32 October 29-30, 2016 Finding meaning in texts 32st SPELT International Conference Habib University, Karachi
33 Nov. 23-25, 2016 Using texts to teach a cognitive-affective curriculum International Conference on Research in Education (ICORE) Punjab University, Lahore
34 May 19, 20, 2017 Best Practices for Teachers: Creating Useful Linkages in Teaching and Learning Language and Learning Conference SAHE, Lahore
35 July 25-27, 2017 School improvement through monitoring and evaluation ELTA 2017 Conference Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok
36 October, 12-14, 2017 Cognitive-Affective Language Curriculum: A Step Towards Holistic Learning 3rd International Conference of the Linguistic Association of Pakistan (ICLAP 2017)
37 October 28-29, 2017 Reading that Enables Critical Thinking 33rd SPELT International Conference Dawood Public School, Karachi
38 April 5-7, 2019 Scaffolding English Language Teaching through Technology 5th International Conference on Education, “Educational Innovations: The Future of Education” Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
39 November 27, 2019 Overview of Qualitative Research Institute of Language and Literature, Sindh University
40 February 25-27, 2020 Mentoring in higher education, A case study of Iqra university, Karachi Higher Education in the ERA of the fourth & future Industrial Revolutions Challenges and Opportunities Dubai

Featured and Key Note Talks Given

No Date Topic Venue
1 Nov. 4, 2018 Teaching and learning in a digital age 34th SPELT International Conference IOBM Karachi  
2 Feb. 16, 2019 Paradigm shifts in education research National Symposium on Research in education Iqra University, Karachi
3 Feb. 26, 2019 Women, education and peace Iqra University, Karachi
4 March 31, 2019 Supporting English language learning through technology 1st International conference on English Language and Linguistics Mehran University, Jamshoro
5 Sep. 25, 2020 Quality assurance in Online Education International virtual seminar: Society, Quality, Materials, and English language Teaching, Indonesia
6 Oct. 14, 2020 New Normal in Education: Transformation in curriculum & pedagogy 2nd Education Summit Pakistan Academic Consortium, Karachi
7 Oct. 12, 2021 Breaking myths about online education: Implications for pedagogy 2nd International Conference on English and Literature Jinnah University for Women, Karachi
8 December 8, 2021 Inclusive Teaching of Literature: Challenges and Solutions International conference on literature, linguistics, translation studies and faculty development (ICLLTSFD 2021) December, 7-8, 2021, University of Education, Lahore
9 February 24, 2022 Upholding social integrity in higher education institutions International conference (virtual) on contemporary issues and challenges of whistleblowing in higher education institutions University of Sargodha, SDPI, HEC

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