At Minaret College we aim to impart knowledge and skills to our students by keeping in line with the principles of Islamic Education and pedagogy. In our curriculum we would like to keep true to the Quranic view of the world and our beings according to the natural disposition.
Principles of Islamic Education
Islamic Educational Pedagogy
Many Qur’anic verses teach mankind “critical thinking” by asking us to observe, seek knowledge, reflect, and ask questions and to ultimately connect the dots by using the faculties of human reason. The Prophet spoke in a very easy and understandable manner. Because of this, his companions were able to memorize many of his teachings. The Islamic pedagogy involves effective authentic learning strategies which includes the following:
- speaking in a very easy and understandable manner
- creating an appropriate atmosphere for learning – taking into account location and timing;
- examining beliefs, assumptions, and opinions and weighing them against truth;
- tailoring specific lessons to individual students;
- observing with an open mind;
- asking pertinent questions (of self as well as others);
- telling stories and making gestures to illustrate the point;
- assessing statements and arguments;
- developing our sense of observation and curiosity;
- engaging in active reading and active listening!
- listening carefully to others, thinking about what they say, and giving feedback;
- sharing ideas with others;
- becoming an open-minded listener and reader;
- making assertions based on sound logic and solid evidence;
The Prophet used many methods for transmitting information. He recognized that standing in front of a group and talking was not necessarily the most effective way to present information. He made drawings and used gestures. He asked questions and used stories and parables to lead his students to the conclusion, rather than imparting information without discussion. The Prophet was known for tailoring the lesson to the needs of the audience.