Are Islamic Schools in Indonesia Educating For or Against Religious Extremism?

There is little research that explores how religious schooling educates for or against extremist thought and behaviour, and no research that explores how Indonesian Islamic schools educate their students for or against radical extremism. Therefore, this research project seeks to fill this gap and explore the crucial role that Indonesian Islamic school principals play in leading schools that educate for or against religious extremism.

Towards understanding Islamic School Leadership in Indonesia, this project will explore:

  • Leader knowledge: How leaders come to understand their role, how they handle conflict, politics, media, and ambiguity.
  • Leader scaffolding: How leaders provide teachers with targeted and individualized supports, allow for multiple identities in teachers and students, and school/community influences on their leadership.
  • Leader processes: How schooling is organised, such as the allowance for free speech, honesty, democratic practices, advocacy, and how punishment occurs.
  • Leader values: How and in what ways individual and Islamic value systems are supported and reinforced, including critical thinking and social justice.

Project Leads

Dr Melanie Brooks

Dr Melanie Brooks

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education

Monash University

Professor Irwan Abdullah

Professor Irwan Abdullah

Professor and Director of the Graduate School

Universitas Gadjah Mada