How does a Muslim teacher fit? One teacher's journey into and out of the American public school system

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This comparative case study explored a Muslim teacher s experience in 2 different types of schools: a public school and an Islamic private school. A conceptual framework guided the inquiry, which was comprised of constructs such as school culture, workplace relationships, and professional fit. Data was gathered through in-depth interviews and observations at the public and Islamic schools. The analysis of data revealed to this Muslim teacher that her failure to fit in at public school was a direct result of her identity as a Muslim. In each school, the direct and indirect actions of administrators were critical to her sense of belonging.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-50
Number of pages20
JournalReligion & Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • fit
  • Islam
  • school culture
  • workplace relationships

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