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Determinants of Attitudes Toward Muslim Students Among Flemish Teachers: A Research Note

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Abstract:

Muslims are now the second largest religious group in almost all Western countries and a large majority of Muslim citizens are children who attend schools. However teachers’ attitudes regarding the education of Muslim students are largely ignored by educational researchers. In this study, we investigate the determinants of teachers’ attitudes among Flemish (Belgian) teachers (N = 620). Regression analysis has revealed that female teachers, Muslim teachers, younger teachers, and teachers with a four‐year college degree have significantly more positive attitudes. Most interestingly, we found that teachers working in schools that enroll a larger share of Muslim students (greater than 50 percent) have more negative attitudes toward Muslim students than other teachers. The implications of these findings for educational policy are discussed.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5906.2012.01637.x

Affiliations: 1: Department of Sociology, Ghent University 2: Department of Philosophy, University of Antwerp

Publication date: June 1, 2012

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