The latest papers and research studies published in the world's leading academic journals in the field of teacher education.
Trends in Jewish Education
Does Your Prayer Service Induce Boredom, or Is It Engaging and Uplifting?
What Jewish educator has not struggled with the challenges inherent in helping learners to find tefillah (prayer) a compelling experience? In this issue of Gleanings, outstanding teachers and leaders of tefillah, including graduates of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, The Rabbinical School, and H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music of The Jewish Theological Seminary, portray successes in this important field. Each writer focuses on different dimensions of the tefillah experience. They attend, variously, to the nature of the prayer community; the relationship between tefillah and music; the kinds of music that can touch us; and the place that deep understanding of the words of the siddur (prayer book) has in touching our souls.
Publication Year: Summer, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: October 22, 2014
Technology & Computers
Computer-Mediated Communication and the Reduction of Prejudice: A Controlled Longitudinal Field Experiment among Jews and Arabs in Israel
The promise of computer-mediated communication (CMC) to reduce intergroup prejudice has generated mixed results. Theories of CMC yield alternative and mutually exclusive explanations about mechanisms by which CMC fosters relationships online with potential to ameliorate prejudice. This research tests contact-hypothesis predictions and two CMC theories on multicultural, virtual groups who communicated during a yearlong online course focusing on educational technology. Groups included students from the three major Israeli education sectors—religious Jews, secular Jews, and Muslims—who completed pretest and posttest prejudice measures. Two sets of control subjects who did not participate in virtual groups provided comparative data. An interaction of the virtual groups experience × religious/cultural membership affected prejudice toward different religious/cultural target groups, by reducing prejudice toward the respective outgroups for whom the greatest initial enmity existed. Comparisons of virtual group participants to control subjects further support the influence of the online experience. Correlations between prejudice with group identification and with interpersonal measures differentiate which theoretical processes pertained.
Publication Year: 2014 | Updated in JTEC: October 7, 2014
Conferences & Events
2015 Steiner Summer Yiddish Program
The Yiddish Book Center’s Steiner Summer Yiddish Program offers college students a spirited exploration of Yiddish language and culture. In seven weeks of concentrated study, from June 7-July 24, 2015, Steiner students not only gain Yiddish language literacy and substantive knowledge of Central and Eastern European Jewish history and culture – they also participate in the lively world of Yiddish culture at the Yiddish Book Center and beyond.
Publication Year: June 7-July 24, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: October 22, 2014
Israeli Mobilization and the Overseas Volunteers in the Six-Day War
This article examines the mobilization of the Israeli home front and the overseas volunteering movement that began in May 1967 and continued through the summer of 1968. The mobilization in the Six-Day War included manifestations of solidarity and volunteering in diverse fields. The Israeli government and the Histadrut sent volunteers to frontier communities and raised funds from the public to finance the war. The movement included World Jewry, which also participated in fundraising through an emergency campaign and sent thousands of volunteers to Israel.
Publication Year: Sep. 30, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: October 22, 2014
Education & Administration
The Contribution of Perceived Fit Between Job Demands and Abilities to Teachers’ Commitment and Job Satisfaction
The current study aims at exploring the common means that may improve organizational effectiveness by focusing on two main facets of organizational qualities: teacher commitment and job satisfaction. Data were collected from 841 randomly sampled teachers employed in 118 elementary schools in Israel. Multiple regression analyses revealed that the single variable that predicted both types of commitment (organizational and professional) and both types of satisfaction (intrinsic and extrinsic) was teachers’ perceptions of the fit between one’s job demands and abilities. The second most influential predictor was principals’ interaction with the teachers.
Publication Year: 2014 | Updated in JTEC: July 31, 2014
My Ivriyon 2014
Cheryl Stone, Judaic Teacher at Gross Schechter in Cleveland, attended JTS' Ivriyon this past summer. The Ivriyon program strengthens the Hebrew language proficiency skills necessary for teaching in Hebrew by way of peer teaching, participant presentations, and textual study. She reflects on her experience and next steps in her blog post.
Publication Year: September 22, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: October 1, 2014
The Shabbat Resource Page
Jacob Richman has created a web page with a rich listing of Shabbat online resources. The list contains Parshat Hashavua pages, lesson plans, videos, recipes, games and clipart as well as English-Hebrew Vocabulary Lists. Many of the listed sites are in Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian.
Publication Year: 2014 | Updated in JTEC: October 23, 2014
Instead of Dividing Classrooms by Half, Israel Education Ministry Moves to Double Teachers Per Class
The Israel Education Ministry is devising another reform in the wake of the “sardine protest” against crowded conditions in the classrooms. According to the new plan, students in their third year of teacher training would join veteran teachers in the classroom and run them jointly, thereby lowering the number of students per teacher without a need for opening new classrooms, a complex, expensive proposition.
Publication Year: October 10, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: October 23, 2014
Sailing To Understand Talmud and Torah
Every Friday, a small group of congregants attends Rabbi Greg Wall’s class, “Adrift in a Sea of Talmud,” aboard a 23-foot sailboat named Enough, which is owned by a member of the Beit Chaverim Synagogue of Westport/Norwalk. The synagogue prides itself in welcoming Jews, no matter what their level of observance is. The notion of holding a floating Talmud class is consistent with Wall’s past efforts to find new ways to connect Jews with Judaism. It’s an approach that involved many music events during his tenure at the Sixth Street Community Synagogue, in Manhattan’s East Village, from 2009 to 2012.
Publication Year: October 4, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: October 22, 2014
New Jewish Specialty Camps: From Idea to Reality
In 2008 the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) launched the Specialty Camps Incubator thanks to a generous grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation. This innovative new program, modeled after a business incubator, was established to create five new nonprofit Jewish overnight camps dedicated to a specific skill or area of interest while introducing and integrating Jewish culture. One of the goals for the new specialty camps was to attract Jewish teens who were not attending Jewish camp. The Jim Joseph Foundation engaged Informing Change (formerly called BTW informing change) to design and implement a multi-year evaluation of the program and camps. Their report presents key findings and recommendations from the evaluation.
Publication Year: 2014 | Updated in JTEC: September 23, 2014
Israel's Official Policy with Regard to Teaching Evolution in Public Schools
One of the main aspects of the creation–evolution controversy is the educational one, which deals with the question which explanation should be provided to students, mainly in public education, for the present form of life on Earth. This educational aspect is fertile ground for research; however, the official policy of various states’ educational systems regarding the instruction of evolutionary theory has hardly been investigated. In addition, research about the way in which Jewish education deals with this topic is meager. This article explores the policy of the Israeli Ministry of Education regarding this issue.
Publication Year: July, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: September 23, 2014