Title

Professional learning for Islamic education teachers in the UAE

Source of Publication

British Journal of Religious Education

Abstract

© 2020 Christian Education. Islamic education (IE) is currently receiving increased attention and undergoing major changes at the international level. A few studies have investigated the structured professional development programmes provided to IE teachers. However, the area of autonomous IE teacher professional learning continues to be under-researched. Based on Al-Zarnuji's framework of lifelong learning, the authors interviewed IE teachers to investigate the practices, attitudes, and influencing factors regarding IE teacher professional learning in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This study shows that IE teachers are eager to engage in teacher-driven learning experiences. The directions for the IE teachers’ intended growth are mainly influenced by contemporary advancements in the field of education. The findings of this study highlight how IE teachers’ professional learning capitalises on the Islamic concept of lifelong learning and thereby opens a promising route for their effective growth to meet the high demand for skilled IE teachers in the UAE.

Document Type

Article

Publisher

Informa UK Limited

Publication Date

1-1-2020

DOI

10.1080/01416200.2020.1853046

Scopus ID

85097158560

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