The 3rd Annual Australian Islamic Schooling Conference with the theme  “Islamic Schooling Renewal – A Focus on Pedagogy” will be held on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 July 2018 in Adelaide, South Australia organised by Centre for Islamic Thought and Education, University of South Australia.

Pedagogy can be defined in many ways, narrowly as a way of teaching or a methodology of instruction, and more broadly as a framework for conceptualising what is meant by approaches to schooling. A critical reflection on pedagogy within the field of Islamic schooling is timely as we move beyond the establishment phase and embrace an era characterised by renewal.

If one considers the provocation that pedagogy is never politically neutral, a unique lens for exploration exists in the field of Islamic schooling given the complex politics of Muslims and Islam in popular Australian media as well as in other contemporary Western contexts and the intersection with contemporary schooling contexts, sometimes criticised as neoliberal.

How much progress has been made in the area of pedagogy within Islamic schooling? What is an Islamic pedagogy and what does it offer to the field of Islamic schooling? Are our current pedagogies responsive to the educational context and the needs of Australian Muslim students? How does pedagogical practice in Islamic schools align with AITSL teacher standards? How equipped is the field of Islamic schooling to manage necessary pedagogical renewal?

These are just some of the questions that Islamic Schooling Renewal – A Focus on Pedagogy will tackle over two conference days, as it examines pedagogy and Islamic schooling for Muslim students from a whole-of-life and whole-of-community perspective.

With an impressive line-up of international and national speakers from specialist disciplines and diverse sectors, Islamic Schooling Renewal – A Focus on Pedagogy is sure to offer valuable and practical insights into the future of pedagogy in Islamic schooling in the West.

The conference will critically explore pedagogy and Islamic schooling for Muslim students from a whole-of-life and whole-of-community perspective. Topics and themes of presentations will include the following but not limited to:

  • Conceptualisations of pedagogy in Islamic schooling
  • Pedagogy – theory and praxis
  • Pedagogical leadership
  • Politics and pedagogy
  • Pedagogy, identity and citizenship
  • Critical pedagogical perspectives
  • Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
  • Professional learning communities – pedagogical conversations
  • Pedagogy and implications for curriculum and assessment
  • Professional learning and teacher education

The 3rd Annual Australian Islamic Schooling Conference: Islamic Schooling Renewal – A Focus on Pedagogy will be held on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 July 2018 in Adelaide, South Australia.

For more information please contact cite@unisa.edu.au or 08 8302 6919.