Research has consistently shown that of all the things that a school can control, it is the quality of pedagogy that most directly and powerfully affects the quality of learning outcomes that students demonstrate. Knowledge is constructed, produced and critiqued by this pedagogy.
Effective teachers don’t just teach but rather they educate. Effective learning happens when teachers combine their knowledge of subject matter with the cognitive, social and cultural backgrounds of their students.
Thus, current educational programs and instruction need to be made more relevant to Muslim students by incorporating Islamic themes and teachings. This can be done quite simply by a passing note, or more elaborately through a study of Islamic views on certain aspects of the lesson. By integrating culturally relevant perspectives into school programs, a connection will be made linking prior knowledge, develop a deeper understanding and making learning personally significant to the student.
The following are some structures to use to integrate cultural values into the curriculum.