Muslim Arab Iraqi mothers' attitudes towards public education in Melbourne, Victoria

Year: 2012

Author: Al-deen, Taghreed Jamal

Type of paper: Abstract refereed


 Parental involvement in children's education has been identified as an important factor that contributes to children's general school success. This paper is concerned with a group of Muslim Arab Iraqi mothers' experiences in relation to their involvement in their children's education in Australia. It draws on in-depth interviews conducted with twenty five mothers from different social and educational backgrounds. This paper aims to examine the attitudes and understandings of these mothers about public education in Australia and Iraq and the way this has shaped their interaction with schools. The findings  show that   these mothers' attitudes towards public education  in  Australia are  ambiguous  and  complex- covering  the  full  range  from  firmly  rejecting, selectively utilising,  reluctantly  following, to willingly  embracing. Concurrently, mothers criticised, and rejected the Iraqi schools' pedagogical model of learning and teaching in order to maximise benefits for their children.