IELC is a new learning community of Islamic educators (anyone working in or teaching Muslim learners aged from 3-18 years). IELC is an online platform hosted by Camtree and is designed to facilitate exchange between Islamic scholarship, educational research and Islamic educational settings.

IELC supports teachers and educators to engage in reflective practice and conduct their own classroom research inquiries, in order to improve learning. We draw on the wider content of Camtree and also provide our own context specific platform and content.

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About IELC

Find out more about the IELC team, our history and our vision for the IELC platform.

Classroom Inquiry

Find out more about classroom inquiry, and our links with the wider Camtree project.

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“Dialogue in Islamic Education: using Halaqah to develop Shakhsiyah”

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About IELC

IELC has been devised and established by Dr Farah Ahmed with support from a team of early career educational researchers who also have extensive experience working in schools and other educational settings. 

We have identified a gap in that Islamic full-time and part-time schools could be much better supported through educational research and scholarship on Islamic educational theory. IELC aims to fill that gap. IELC offers a space for exchange between educational researchers and Islamic educators.

The IELC Platform

IELC is a space for dialogic exchange between educators and researchers, with agency for educators and schools to determine what suits their needs. A growing body of evidence demonstrates that a highly effective way of improving learning is for educators to conduct collaborative and reflective inquiry. Through collaborative approaches to inquiry and innovation, educators develop greater shared awareness of how their curriculum and teaching are affecting learning and what needs to be done to improve it.

Our research exchange platform will enable educators to learn with, from, and on behalf of, like-minded colleagues around the world as they develop research studies and innovations. Educators will be able to draw on online courses, webinars and expert advice, as well as examples of effective inquiries from other teachers. And they will be able to share and publish their research in our free-to-access digital library.

The IELC Vision

Islamic Schools and educators will be able to contribute to a growing knowledge base of pedagogical innovations drawn from Islamic educational theory and values, as well as the latest educational research. These contributions can inform policy, practice and improve character development and learning for all – especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. By developing a growing global community of active educators and school leaders sharing their work, IELC will promote and improve Islamic educational curricula, pedagogy and practices in classrooms world-wide.

IELC History

IELC grew out of the ‘Cambridge Dialogues: Rethinking Islamic Education for the 21st Century’ project, hosted within the Cambridge Educational Dialogue Research (CEDiR) Group at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.