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Teachers’ Training - course

Responding to the constantly developing Educational need of the British Muslim Communities, the ICEL has launched the first ever course of study in Islamic Teachers Training. The ITT course gives an introduction to the principles aim and objectives set out by Islamic unique and sacred teaching philosophy.

The course is suitable for educationalist those teaching either in Islamic faith schools, madressah, home education or teaching within the mainstream education sector.

An Introduction to the Islamic Principles of Teaching and Learning within the Madrassah

Course rational
This short introductory course has been designed with the Madrassah teacher in mind; it has as its main focus the introducing of teachers to a number of key principles within Islamic education. Teachers will gain knowledge ofboth theoretical principles and practical pedagogical and andragogical skills which find their origins in the Qur’an and the Prophetic Sunnah. The introductory course is suitable for those who have been teaching in the Madrassah for a number of years, or who have recently entered.

Course Outline
Week 1. Theories and Principles for planning and enabling learning within the Madrassah.
Week 2. Moving between Pedagogy and andragogy within the Madrassah Classroom.
Week 3. Professional roles and responsibilities within the Madrassah.
Week 4. Learning styles and meeting diverse needs within the Madrassah
Week 5. Assessment methods.
Week6. Lesson planning and schemes of work.
Week 7. Reflective paradigms within the Classroom.
Week 8. Islamic paradigms of teaching and learning, what makes teaching Islamic.

Learning Outcomes
1. Learners will be able to understand the role learning styles have in developing a learner’s experience within the teaching and learning cycle.

2. Learners will gain an insight into a broad range of skills and competencies which allow for professional practice within the Madrassah setting.

3. The development of learners’ practical professional competences, underpinning knowledge, and reflective practice strategies needed for effective teaching and support of learning within the Madrassah.

4. Learners will be able to professionally Justify approaches taken towards planning, preparing, assessing, evaluating and reviewing learning and teaching within the Madrassah

Intellectual Objectives
Learners will be able to:
1. Apply Islamic pedagogical principles and methods of reflective practice within their own teaching.
3. Evaluate educational literature and apply relevant insights to their own practice.
4. Develop inclusive approaches to teaching and learning, addressing issues of personalized learning.
5. Synthesise their learning to create innovative teaching resources.
6. Understand and apply the roles and skills of tutoring and mentoring within the Madrassah.
7. Develop and record own professional development.

Practical Skill Objectives

Learners will be able to:
1. Undertake teaching: planning, preparing, implementing, assessing, evaluating and reviewing teaching and learning.
2. Develop knowledge and understanding of pedagogical issues arising from the use of varied teaching strategies within the Madrassah.
5. Develop knowledge and understanding of pedagogical issues relating to language and the personal skills required to use it effectively in learning situations.

Transferable Skill Objectives

Course members will:
1. Communicate effectively using written, verbal and non-verbal means and visual aids.
2. Use information technology to support teaching and learning.
3. Monitor their own progress through reviewing, reflecting, action planning and target setting.
4. Work effectively and co-operatively with other teachers, students, and work effectively on collaborative group assignments.
5. Display skills in effective problem solving.
7. Develop their capacity to learn about and to investigate the teaching and learning cycle.
8. Exhibit professional behaviour in the Madrassah.

The course includes 16 hours of lessons. Can be delivered in 8 sessions of two hours or 4 sessions of four hours each.

Course Convenor
Shaykh Mohammad Zakaria is a graduate of Hawza Ilmiyyah Ayatollah Khoie, he holds two masters degrees, the first in Islamic studies and Arabic with the second being in Education, he is also a qualified teacher. His Doctoral studies at Brunel University were in education and masculinity in Postmodern Britain. Currently he lectures at the Islamic College for Advanced Studies where he teaches Research methodology and Social and Cultural studies on its Undergraduate programme .He is a senior lecturer at Roehampton University, where he leads and teaches on the Postgraduate programme in Islamic Education. He has previously for a number of years taught Islamic studies at Birkbeck University and Sociology at the College of North West London. His specialist interests are Islamic education and teacher training.

For more information contact Mr Moqaddas at the Islamic Centre of England Tel.020 7 6045500