In order to contribute to the reform of education agenda, IIIT has initiated its Advancing Education in Muslim Societies (AEMS) project to identify and address methods to enhance the teaching and learning experiences. Recognizing the complexity and multi-dimensionality of the task, the IIIT is undertaking an annual empirical study focused on generating new knowledge and offering data-driven information concerning education in its widest sense in Muslim societies.
AEMS identifies its research within the so called “Third Space” which means that education serves more than just acquiring knowledge and skills; it also serves as a vehicle for a meaningful and holistic life. Based on this framework, education functions as a means for transformation and hope for a better future. An in-depth literature review reveals a wealth of information and programs on education for employment and citizenship in Muslim societies. However, there is a lack of research on the socio-emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual in the “Third Space.”
To address the gaps in the research, the AEMS team designed a conceptual framework and a robust research agenda that takes the “Third Space” into consideration. “Mapping the Terrain,” attempts to investigate the conditions and status of education in Muslim societies while focusing on individual growth and development such as the socio-emotional and spiritual aspects of his/her being 2018-2019 Study.
The Mapping the Terrain research study began in 2018 with evidence-based generation of knowledge on seven constructs of interest selected because they are grounded in an Islamic value system and the human development approach. Over 25,000 participants in 16 countries or areas participated in the 2018-2019. “Mapping the terrain” data from 2018-2019 and thereafter will become publically available by IIIT in order to serve the larger research community and scholars around the globe. It will become a hub for accumulated new knowledge in the fields of education, human development, and value based education.
Below were constructs surveyed in 2018-19: