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ERIC Number: EJ883215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-5698
Religious Education, Conflict and Diversity: An Exploration of Young Children's Perceptions of Islam
Revell, Lynn
Educational Studies, v36 n2 p207-215 May 2010
This article explores the way pupils in English primary school perceive Islam through discussion of Islam in the media. The research suggests that pupils are aware of Islam as a world religion and of many of the images and popular discourses associated with Islam. The research also suggests that while a minority of pupils expressed explicit racist or prejudiced views about Islam many pupils appeared to perceive Islam and Muslims as "foreign" and "alien". The article questions the effectiveness of an approach to teaching Islam that does not include pupil's negative preconceptions of religion and which focuses on presenting an idealised or monolithic version of Islam.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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