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The latest papers and research studies published in the world's leading academic journals in the field of teacher education.
Trends in Jewish Education
The New Journal of Jewish Education at Ten: An Appraisal
This article documents the Journal of Jewish Education’s acquisition by the Network for Research in Jewish Education, in 2004, and evaluates the contribution of the re-launched Journal to the field of Jewish education. I explore how the Journal contributed over the past decade in three discrete yet often overlapping areas, thereby realizing its editors’ vision.
Publication Year: August, 2014    |    Updated in JTEC: September 18, 2014
Technology & Computers
Designing the Traditional Pen and Paper Final, with a Collaborative Twist
While I value tests, I also value student input and would love to find a way to give students greater input in creating their own exams. In a recent exam, I experimented with harnessing two simple educational technology tools, the Learning Management System and Google Docs to do exactly that by giving a pre-assessment assignment in which the class collaboratively created their review sheet for the test. In creating their review assignments, the students did an excellent job discovering the important ideas and details from the units studied. Many of their review items ultimately made it onto the test.
Publication Year: May 25, 2014     |    Updated in JTEC: July 28, 2014
Conferences & Events
Matara – Fourth Education and Training Programme for European Jewish Youth Leaders
The Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, in partnership with Limmud International, welcomes applications to participate in the 4th MATARA programme for European Jewish Youth Educators and Activists to take place from the 26th December 2014 to the 1st January 2015 at the Limmud UK conference. Matara is a self-contained training programme where participants work as a group to gain knowledge and skills essential to educators and educationally-oriented activists within their Jewish community.
Publication Year: December 26, 2014 - January 1, 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: August 7, 2014
Israel Education
“My Heart Is in the East and I Am in the West”: Enduring Questions of Israel Education in North America
By examining writing about Israel education since the founding of the State, this paper highlights three questions that have surfaced repeatedly in Jewish educational discourse: What is the purpose of teaching American Jews about Israel? Who is best equipped to teach American Jews about Israel? How can Israel education foster positive identification with Israel without whitewashing over the imperfections of the Jewish State? By exploring how each question has manifested in Jewish education, it examines why—for very different reasons—these questions have endured over time, and considers what it might take to arrive at lasting conclusions about them.
Publication Year: August, 2014    |    Updated in JTEC: September 18, 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
In-Service Training
Jewish New Teacher Project Receives $1.8m from Two Foundations
To further support Jewish day school teachers and to retain them in the field, the Jim Joseph Foundation and The AVI CHAI Foundation have announced combined grants of nearly $1.8 million to the New Teacher Center for its Jewish New Teacher Project, an initiative that offers teacher induction, ongoing support and training, and mentorship opportunities for day school teachers. The grants are a vote of confidence for the twelve-year-old organization following an intensive business planning process with Wellspring Consulting that charts a path to sustainability.
Publication Year: June 6, 2014    |    Updated in JTEC: July 21, 2014
Learning Resources
Ivrit Plus
Many schools have a limited number of advanced Hebrew language students – whether English speaking students with an excellent facility in Hebrew or Israeli students – whose needs are not met in the regular Hebrew class. JETS has developed a solution to this challenge."Ivrit Plus" is a new blended learning Hebrew language program that utilizes online learning tools to engage advanced learners with authentic Hebrew. The program is geared toward advanced students in grades 6-8, and provides 3 lessons per week.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in JTEC: August 19, 2014
Teacher Education
Preparing Jewish Educators: The Research We Have, the Research We Need
This article discusses the research we have and the research we need in both general and Jewish teacher education. First, the author discusses three recent efforts to synthesize and assess existing research in teacher education and to identify needed research. Next, she reviews a handful of recent studies in Jewish teacher education, which illustrate various research genres and provide a taste of what more coordinated studies could generate in the way of usable knowledge. She concludes by proposing three programs of research on the education of Jewish educators.
Publication Year: August, 2014    |    Updated in JTEC: September 18, 2014
Adult Education
Between Pluralism and Secularism: An American Jewish Educator’s Journey into the World of Israeli Secular Torah Study
Rabbi David Kasher, Director of Education at Kevah, an organization with a distinctly pluralistic philosophy that seeks to bring traditional Jewish learning to the whole spectrum of the Jewish community, tells of his journey to Israel this past summer to meet with key figures in the schools and programs in which secular Israelis are today studying Torah – to observe them, to learn from them, and to reach out to them. At Kolot, Atid BaMidbar, ZIKA, the Beit Midrash at Oranim and Bina: The Secular Yeshiva, he discovered the ways in which his Israeli counterparts and he are clearly doing the same kind of work, though the unique characteristics of Israeli society make that work look very different.
Publication Year: December 16, 2013     |    Updated in JTEC: January 28, 2014
Informal Education
Experiential Jewish Education Has Arrived! Now What?
Experiential Jewish education has been experiencing a time of growth, during which theory development, research, and practice have established a strong voice for the construct. Much of the focus to this point has been on definitions (particularly the distinction between experiential and informal Jewish education) and on outcomes of settings often associated with an experiential Jewish education (EJE) approach. Along with increased understanding of EJE comes the potential to explore a more nuanced set of questions about the nature of educational experiences. This point of development of the field also raises question of the relationship of EJE and the broader field of Jewish education.
Publication Year: August, 2014    |    Updated in JTEC: September 18, 2014
Formal Education
Hebrew Education in the United States: Historical Perspectives and Future Directions
This article sketches the trajectory of Hebrew education in the United States from the early 1900s to the present. Attending to the historiography of Hebrew education, it shows how current curricula and pedagogical approaches have been stamped by historical considerations and language ideologies, how goals and strategies have changed (or remained the same) over time, and how the evolution of the field has been driven both by internal dynamics within the Jewish community and by changes in the broader social and political context of the United States. It concludes with a framework for constructing a meaningful research agenda for the future.
Publication Year: August, 2014    |    Updated in JTEC: September 18, 2014
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