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This study explored reasons behind Muslim parents' decisions to choose either an Islamic or a public school for their children, their experiences with the schools where their children attend, and their views about their female children's experiences with the Islamic dress code, especially the Hijab. A qualitative research approach was employed, in which twelve parents were interviewed.
Findings of the study indicate that Muslim parents value the harmony between the school and home environments; conversely, for public school Muslim parents their children are alienated in school activities because of religion. The study reveals that parents with children in public schools are concerned about the peer pressure that makes it difficult for their daughters to conform to the Islamic dress code. All parents in the study expressed concerns with the stereotypical image of Muslims and the Hijab that is portrayed by the media, which ultimately affect their children's school experiences.
Ahmed, Ghazala, "Exploring school choice for Muslim children in Windsor, Ontario, Canada" (2008). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 7926.