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Courses Preferences and Occupational Aspirations of Students in Australian Islamic Schools

Centre for Islamic Thought & Education, University of South Australia, Adelaide 5072, Australia
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Religions 2020, 11(12), 663; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11120663
Received: 4 November 2020 / Revised: 2 December 2020 / Accepted: 7 December 2020 / Published: 10 December 2020
Course selection by year 11 and 12 students exert a significant influence on occupational outcomes of young people. While many studies have been conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) across a broad spectrum of schools, not much is known about this aspect in relation to Islamic School students. In this research, data was collected on student course choice from nine randomly selected Islamic schools across Australia. For the first time, the results reveal the most prevalent course clusters studied by students are Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) aligned courses. Mathematics and sciences followed by legal and business studies sit at the peak of the course hierarchy. Long-held views and anecdotal evidence that suggest Arabic and Islamic Studies feature prominently in course selection proved to be unfounded. Preference for these courses are shown to be very low. Vocational Education & Training (VET) courses do not feature prominently in Islamic school curriculums to the disadvantage of students who may wish to pursue non-academic careers instead of opting for university inspired career paths. Professionally, medicine, engineering, law and business (in that order) are the most preferred occupations. We also find a conspicuous gender-based difference regarding course selection and occupational aspirations. View Full-Text
Keywords: education; Islamic schooling; school courses; student occupations; vocational training; curriculum education; Islamic schooling; school courses; student occupations; vocational training; curriculum
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Nathie, M.; Abdalla, M. Courses Preferences and Occupational Aspirations of Students in Australian Islamic Schools. Religions 2020, 11, 663. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11120663

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Nathie M, Abdalla M. Courses Preferences and Occupational Aspirations of Students in Australian Islamic Schools. Religions. 2020; 11(12):663. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11120663

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Nathie, Mahmood; Abdalla, Mohamad. 2020. "Courses Preferences and Occupational Aspirations of Students in Australian Islamic Schools" Religions 11, no. 12: 663. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11120663

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