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Muslim schools and the teaching of citizenship

Al-Refai, Nader (2007) Muslim schools and the teaching of citizenship. Masters thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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    The links between Islam and the teaching of citizenship in Muslim schools, and in state
    schools containing Muslim pupils have been explored using the perceptions of students and
    teachers in a sample of such schools. The delivery of citizenship instruction in Muslim
    schools, attitudes towards its teaching, and its connection with Islam has been the areas of
    primary focus. A combination of interviews and questionnaires was used to gain information
    from 332 pupils (199 in Muslim schools and 137 in state schools), 28 teachers (15 in Muslim
    schools and 13 in state schools), 8 head teachers (5 in Muslim schools and 3 in state schools),
    and 6 community and religious leaders. The teaching of citizenship in both Muslim and state
    schools faces a number of challenges such as time provision, resources, staffing, training,
    administration, and assessment. In Muslim schools the religious perspective is taught
    alongside the National Curriculum for citizenship instruction. However, teaching the Muslim
    perspective on citizenship involves certain difficulties in terms of curriculum development
    and resources.
    There is at present, therefore, a great need to revise and develop the citizenship curriculum in
    both Muslim and state schools. It is apparent that a large part of the sample in both Muslim
    and state schools, including pupils, teachers, as well as religious and community leaders
    believe that teaching citizenship in schools is important to pupils’ education. Most of the
    pupils in the sample believe that studying citizenship helps pupils become aware of their role
    in society, and to become good citizens. Citizenship lessons seem to be enjoyable for the
    majority of pupils, although these views may be based on sample selection and bias. Muslim
    pupils appear to have a preference for instruction on citizenship to be given by a Muslim
    teacher who reflects Islamic values. In Muslim schools pupils are subject to religious
    influence in terms of prosocial behaviours and positive attitudes towards others, whatever
    their ethnicity or faith. These schools appear to be rather successful in building their pupils’
    value systems. Islamic Studies and lessons in the Quran are often used to support the teaching
    of citizenship, and this too appears to be quite successful. Muslim schools are therefore
    judged to have the potential for the development and evolution of a new form of Muslim
    national identity within Britain through citizenship education, in useful and meaningful ways,
    given the difficulties encountered in the delivery of citizenship education in schools of all
    types according to the Ofsted (2006) review.

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    Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
    Additional Information: © The Author 2007
    Uncontrolled Keywords: muslim schools teaching citizenship
    Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
    B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
    L Education > L Education (General)
    Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
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