Muslim parent involvement in pre-K and elementary schools: Perspectives and practices
Fayez, Merfat Mohammad
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This study investigates how Muslim parents of pre-K and elementary public school children perceive their role in their children's education. Furthermore, the study identifies how Muslim parents describe their current parent involvement practices and the challenges they face when trying to get involved in their children's schools. To generate the data for this study, an in-depth two-tier interview was utilized with 16 Muslim families. The participants were selected purposely through recommendation process and snowballing techniques. The data collected was transcribed and analyzed for prominent patterns and themes. The findings suggest that Muslim parents value education and consider their role in educating their children as part of their religious practices that they can be rewarded for by their creator. Furthermore, Muslim parents enact many involvement practices at home and at the school. The study findings also suggest that Muslim parents perceive many challenges while trying to get involved in their children's schools. The structure of activities provided from the school, schools' failure to attend to their children's religious needs, and feelings of discrimination and racism are major factors that limit the involvement of Muslim parents in their children's schools. Findings suggest that Muslim parents resist the challenges they face by either withdrawing from participation in the schools or through becoming more involved. The implications of this study support the notion that school could enhance the parent involvement of Muslims by providing them with a more inclusive space based on understanding the particularities of their culture.