Silent Voices: British Muslim Pupils in Mainstream Schools in East London

In: Learning and Teaching in a Metropolis

This chapter presents findings of a naturalistic study of Muslim pupils attending two mainstream secondary schools in London’s East End. Their narrative accounts shed light on those elements which pupils claim influence their group identity whilst at school. Their perceptions of the curriculum as limiting and of educational policies as failing to acknowledge their diverse cultural and religious heritages are revealed as factors which give rise to resistance to schooling. The delivered curriculum is investigated in order to critique multiculturalism in one of London’s most diverse boroughs. The students’ voices disclose on-going struggles to re-negotiate identities within the mainstream schools in which they seek acceptance and inclusion.

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