Education and Muslim Learners
In the field of Education and Muslim Learners, CITE has two key areas of focus
1. Muslim Learners in State/Public/Independent Schools (other than Islamic schools): The vast majority of Australian Muslim learners attend other than Islamic schools. Supporting the religious identities, values, perspectives, knowledges and needs of these learners is essential to national education priorities of equity and excellence for all learners. The challenge is that Muslim learners are diverse in their theological positions, levels of religiosity, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and attachment to Islam as a primary identity marker. Our research at CITE focuses on understanding the complexities of Muslim learner identities and developing curricular and pedagogical interventions that can inform the work of educators and school leaders.
2. Muslim Learners in Islamic Schools: A growing minority of Australian Muslim learners attend independent Islamic schools. In an attempt to define an authentically Islamic ethos of teaching and learning, these schools continue to grapple with how to integrate Islamic values across the Australian Curriculum, develop a pedagogical practice that is rooted in the Islamic tradition, and foster a strong sense of Australian Muslim identity among learners. Our research in this area focuses on analysing challenges and achievements of Islamic schools, theoretically articulating the aims and vision of education in the Islamic tradition that Islamic schools aspire to achieve, and examining the efficacy and lived realities of Islamic schooling.
Central to our work in both areas of focus is an acknowledgement of the Australian context as a priority and yet global intersections as a necessity. Much of our research therefore encourages international collaborations and multi-context comparative research.
The following are a few essential resources in the area of Education and Muslim Learners.
Areas of study and research
- UniSA Cancer Research Institute
and Social Sciences
- Art, Architecture and Design
- Communication, International Studies and Languages
- Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
- Barbara Hardy Institute
- Australian Centre for Child Protection
- Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
- Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre
- Centre for Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience
- Centre for Islamic Thought and Education
- China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Development
- Creative People, Places and Products Research Concentration
- Design Research for Health & Wellbeing
- Digital Transformations Research Group
- Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
- Research Centre for Languages and Cultures
- Research for Educational and Social Inclusion
IT, Engineering and
- Future Industries Institute
- UniSA College