The latest papers and research studies published in the world's leading academic journals in the field of teacher education.
Trends in Jewish Education
Stewards of Truth: Holocaust Denial in the Classroom
If teachers are to teach the Holocaust appropriately and empower students to become reasoned, compassionate, and critical citizens in the 21 st century, they must include Holocaust denial in lessons and units covering that topic. This inclusion is an important but often overlooked component of broad-based Holocaust education units. In this article, I provide teachers with the reasoning behind and importance of including Holocaust denial in their lessons and provide a framework for teaching the Holocaust. This could assist teachers with delivering a more responsible Holocaust unit and better prepare students for the unique characteristics of 21 st -century research.
Publication Year: Spring, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: September 2, 2015
Technology & Computers
WhatsApp Goes to School: Mobile Instant Messaging between Teachers and Students
WhatsApp is a smartphone application for instant messaging. Lately the application's popularity has risen. One of the unique features of the application is its ability to enhance communication within a group. Classroom communication between teaching faculty and high school students using WhatsApp has not yet, to our knowledge, been researched thoroughly. Therefore, we have chosen to conduct an exploratory research project employing a qualitative method. Twelve half- structured interviews were carried out with teachers who use the application in order to communicate with their pupils.
Publication Year: 2014 | Updated in JTEC: September 2, 2015
Conferences & Events
Matara @ Limmud 2015
For the fifth year, the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe , in partnership with Limmud , is delighted to welcome applications to participate in MATARA. Up to 20 young educators and community activists are sponsored to participate in a specialised professional development programme at the Limmud Conference in the UK . Led by Sonja Vilicic and Steve Israel, Matara is designed to enhance Jewish knowledge, discuss contemporary issues in Jewish society and offer an insight into relevant aspects of informal education, theory and practice.
Publication Year: December 25 -31, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: August 12, 2015
Leading Israeli Artists are Coming to Campus
With the new academic year about to begin, nine leading Israeli artists will take up residency at colleges and universities across the U.S. through the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artists program. The program, run under the auspices of the Israel Institute, has been bringing pieces of Israel’s vibrant art scene to new audiences for the past eight years – and this year promises to be as colorful and thought-provoking as ever. The diverse incoming class includes two best-selling Israeli writers, whose works have been translated into more than a dozen languages; one of Israel’s leading composers; and other acclaimed and accomplished virtuosos of choreography, music, literature and the visual arts.
Publication Year: August 10, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: August 19, 2015
Education & Administration
Israel Education Minister Frees the "Sardines", Announces Maximum Class Size of 34
After months of promising to deal with overcrowding in elementary school classrooms in the face of protests, strikes, and threats to delay the opening of the school year, the "Small Class Reform" was announced by Israel Education Minister Naftali Bennett at a press conference on Thursday morning. After a long night of budget discussions, Bennett boasted about the NIS 50 billion education budget, saying it is the largest education budget in the history of the state. The new reform mandates a maximum of 32-34 pupils per class, depending on the socioeconomic strength of the school district. The plan will go into effect for first grade classes across the country in the upcoming 2015/16 school year and will expand every year to include an additional grade until all six elementary school grades are included.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in JTEC: August 12, 2015
Ivrit B’tnuah: Physically Internalizing a Second Language - A MOFET International Webinar
MOFET International is proud to present an online webinar to the global Jewish education community with Dr. Drora Arussi on Ivrit B’tnuah: Physically Internalizing a Second Language on Wednesday, October 07, 2015, 10:00PM – 11:30PM - Israel time. The free webinar in Ivrit will deal with the "Ivrit B’tnuah" technique and the principles of studying Hebrew by means of video clips that demonstrate the process interactively.
Publication Year: October 7, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: August 5, 2015
OLAM: Improving the World. Together.
The Alliance for Global Good, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation , and Pears Foundation are partnering to launch OLAM, a shared platform to promote global Jewish service — volunteering and service learning, international development, and social justice advocacy — in order to support communities in need around the world. OLAM will serve as a field - building resource, championing, coordinating and educating for the benefit of existing organizations, practitioners, and volunteers. It will expand the global Jewish community’s awareness and philanthropic support of these fields; build and strengthen practitioner networks to facilitate sharing knowledge and best practices; and grow the number of volunteers and practitioners and direct them to Jewish opportunities for involvement around the globe.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in JTEC: August 19, 2015
The Humanistic Education in a Unique Pre - Service Teacher Education Program for Ethiopian Immigrants: A Foundation for Bridging Gaps
The unique pre - service teacher education programme for Ethiopian immigrants, operated at a Teacher Education College, encompasses two main approaches to value - oriented education, the pluralistic and particularistic approaches. The programme constitutes a challenging ladder which can reduce the educational, social, cultural, instructional and professional gap of Ethiopians in Israel. This paper presents the humanistic theory perception and displays its characteristics in the unique programme. In order to demonstrate the humanistic education principles in the unique programme, the interviews and documents which accompanied the programme were content analysed.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in JTEC: August 20, 2015
Antisemitism and the College Campus: Perceptions and Realities
In the wake of the Israel-Hamas war in summer 2014, US and Canadian college campuses were the settings for many anti-Israel activities, including the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. This report has two aims: first, to understand the extent of hostility toward Israel and antisemitism on North American campuses and second, to assess the relationship between these trends and Jewish students’ support for and connection to Israel. The study, conducted in spring 2015, draws on a survey of US and Canadian college students and young adults who applied to Taglit-Birthright Israel.
Publication Year: July, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: August 12, 2015
Filling a Gap: New Program is Training Jewish Outdoor Leaders
In May of this year, with funding from the Foundation for Jewish Camps and AVI CHAI Foundation, we convened our pilot group near Yosemite National Park for the first-ever session of Jewish Outdoor Leadership Training for summer camp employees – aptly abbreviated to JOLT. For five intense days, these camp and wilderness leaders from nine summer camps (who together reached somewhere between 7000-8000 campers) found new connections to their Judaism and ways of teaching Judaism outdoors and on the camp trail.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in JTEC: August 12, 2015
Lodz to Have First Jewish Kindergarten in Decades
A Jerusalem-based group announced the opening of the first Jewish kindergarten in decades in the Polish city of Lodz. Shavei Israel, which tries to bring people with Jewish roots back into the Jewish fold, said Monday that the kindergarten would open in partnership with the city’s Jewish community of a few hundred members. The first class of 10 children will start in September. The city in central Poland, about 80 miles from Warsaw, was historically home to one of the country’s most vibrant Jewish communities – and one of the largest ghettos during the Holocaust. But Jewish life all but disappeared from Lodz in 1944.
Publication Year: August 18, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: August 19, 2015