Like a fish in water? Experiences of Muslim families in the British education system
White, R. and Pafford, Fran 2016. Like a fish in water? Experiences of Muslim families in the British education system. Research in Teacher Education. 6 (1), pp. 36-40.
|Authors||White, R. and Pafford, Fran|
This article summarises the explorations of two Initial Teacher Education (ITE) lecturers looking particularly at Muslim families’ sense of belonging as they encounter the British education system. The study draws on Garcia’s (2009, Alstad, 2013) view of monoglossic and heteroglossic settings, and on Cremin’s (2015) proposition of the super-diversity of inner-city experiences. Case studies of individual families are used to create a picture that reflects the complexity and shifting nature of cultures, languages and identities in present-day Britain. Video and tape interviews are used and data coded and analysed to identify prevailing themes. The families and schools taking part are active participants in the research process, giving informed and ongoing consent, and having control of the resulting findings. Parents’ and children’s perceptions and experience have evolved in complex ways across the generations, and in ways that challenge the stereotypes that dominate media portrayals. Early findings suggest that existing paradigms for discussing identity fail to capture the increasingly complex and super-diverse realities. In a world where xenophobia currently fuels rigid and stereotypical views of cultures in general and Muslim cultures in particular, it is important that the complexity of families’ identities and relationships to the existing systems is seen, heard and appreciated.
|Journal||Research in Teacher Education|
|Research in Teacher Education|
|Journal citation||6 (1), pp. 36-40|
|Publisher||University of East London, Cass School of Education and Communities|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.15123/PUB.5095|
|Web address (URL)||https://www.uel.ac.uk/Schools/Cass/Research/Research-in-Teacher-Education|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||05 Jul 2016|
|Copyright information||© 2016 The authors|
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