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Determinants of attitudes toward Muslim students among Flemish teachers: a research note

Orhan Agirdag (UGent) , Patrick Loobuyck (UGent) and Mieke Van Houtte (UGent)
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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.
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Islamophobia, Muslims, YOUTH, EDUCATION, segregation, Flanders, EXPECTATIONS, SCHOOLS, RELIGION, ACHIEVEMENT GAP

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Agirdag, Orhan, Patrick Loobuyck, and Mieke Van Houtte. 2012. “Determinants of Attitudes Toward Muslim Students Among Flemish Teachers: a Research Note.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51 (2): 368–376.
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Agirdag, O., Loobuyck, P., & Van Houtte, M. (2012). Determinants of attitudes toward Muslim students among Flemish teachers: a research note. JOURNAL FOR THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF RELIGION, 51(2), 368–376.
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Agirdag O, Loobuyck P, Van Houtte M. Determinants of attitudes toward Muslim students among Flemish teachers: a research note. JOURNAL FOR THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF RELIGION. 2012;51(2):368–76.
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Agirdag, Orhan, Patrick Loobuyck, and Mieke Van Houtte. “Determinants of Attitudes Toward Muslim Students Among Flemish Teachers: a Research Note.” JOURNAL FOR THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF RELIGION 51.2 (2012): 368–376. Print.
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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{\textquoteright} attitudes regarding the education of Muslim students are largely ignored by educational researchers. In this study, we investigate the determinants of teachers{\textquoteright} 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.},
  author       = {Agirdag, Orhan and Loobuyck, Patrick and Van Houtte, Mieke},
  issn         = {0021-8294},
  journal      = {JOURNAL FOR THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF RELIGION},
  keyword      = {Islamophobia,Muslims,YOUTH,EDUCATION,segregation,Flanders,EXPECTATIONS,SCHOOLS,RELIGION,ACHIEVEMENT GAP},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {368--376},
  title        = {Determinants of attitudes toward Muslim students among Flemish teachers: a research note},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5906.2012.01637.x},
  volume       = {51},
  year         = {2012},
}

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