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.
- school culture
- workplace relationships