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Why do Muslim parents want Muslim schools?

McCreery, Elaine and Jones, Liz and Holmes, Rachel (2007) Why do Muslim parents want Muslim schools? Early years, 27 (3). pp. 203-219. ISSN 0957-5146

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The small-scale study focuses on a number of Muslim parents and practitioners who have rejected local primary community schools in favour of Muslim faith schooling. The rejection of the type of schools that we support and that we train our student teachers to prepare for prompts considerable concern. This concern has led us to question in what ways Muslim schools represent a challenge to our own educational beliefs and values. This study is an attempt to identify the source of that challenge and what it means to our understanding of ourselves as white educators and researchers and the work we do with trainee teachers. It leads us to question our perspective on a range of issues including diversity, inclusion, parental rights and ultimately the aims of education.

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