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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
Israeli Taxpayers to Start Funding 'Failing' Jewish Day Schools Abroad
The Israeli government plans to subsidize Jewish day schools abroad, which it has determined have not fulfilled their mission of strengthening Jewish identity and engagement with Israel. In the first phase, assistance will be extended to Jewish day schools in Europe and South America.
Publication Year: Jul 24, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: July 27, 2017
Technology & Computers
Characteristics of an Innovative Learning Environment According to Students’ Perceptions: Actual versus Preferred
An innovative learning environment is the current outcome of the constructivist approach, the essence of which is co-construction of knowledge in an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) environment. We examined how Israeli students perceived 10 characteristics of their classroom learning environment—student cohesiveness, teacher support, involvement, task orientation, investigation, cooperation, equity, differentiation, computer usage and young adult ethos. Particular foci were students’ perceptions of the actual state of their learning environment compared with the preferred state, and which characteristics predicted students’ cooperation.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: August 9, 2017
Conferences & Events
Reflecting on CASJE’s 2017 Emerging Scholars Seminar
The CASJE-sponsored Emerging Scholars Seminar at the 2017 Network for Research in Jewish Education (NRJE) conference was all the usual nice things. There was an interesting panel on potential career trajectories within the fields of Jewish educational research and practice. There were productive conversations between mentors and mentees that touched on a wide range of issues. Meredith Katz and Jeff Kress did an excellent job moderating conversation and providing a general structure to the various interactions. It was all very nice.
Publication Year: June 13, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: August 8, 2017
Israel Education
Diaspora Nationalism in Montreal Jewish Day Schools
Despite the increasing recognition of the impact of Jewish education on communal Jewish diaspora identity, studies rarely explore how increased enrolment, and collective attachment to the State of Israel in Jewish day schools is influenced by location. Drawing on recent concepts in sociology and diaspora studies, this article examines the specific pedagogical practices initiated by the Bronfman Jewish Education Council, and Montreal Jewish educators, to link students living in the diaspora to the State of Israel, and signals the importance of creating mechanism that teach attachment to the territory of Israel.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: August 8, 2017
Education & Administration
How Day School Teachers Perceive Their Working Conditions: A National Study
Induction and mentoring are widely considered in the United States and in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries as a basic universal and critical intervention for a successful launch of new teachers. Based on an expanded set of survey data, this article focuses on how Jewish day schools offer professional support and learning opportunities from the head of school, the administration, colleagues, parents, and the school community and how useful teachers perceive these resources to be.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: August 9, 2017
In-Service Training
Jewish Day School Leaders Go to Harvard
This summer, AVI CHAI is once again sponsoring Jewish day school leaders to participate in the Art of Leadership (AOL) and Leadership: An Evolving Vision (LEV) programs of the Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. AOL participants completed the program the week of June 26, and LEV is taking place this week. A total of 36 leaders from across the US and Canada were chosen for the two cohorts.
Publication Year: July 12, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: August 8, 2017
Learning Resources
Israel National Library Launches Digital Jewish Manuscript Archive - Ktiv
Israel's National Library launched an online database called Ktiv, aggregating tens of thousands of digitized Jewish manuscripts belonging to collections from across the globe. Scholars and laypersons can access almost half of the known handwritten Jewish texts from Spain to Afghanistan, which have been digitized and catalogued online. In some cases, parts of a manuscript that have been long divided between collections will be reunited digitally for the first time in centuries. The archive contains nearly 4.5 million images from 45,000 manuscripts — slightly more than half of all known volumes. They include prayer books, biblical texts and commentary, philosophy, literature and scientific writings, in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic and more.
Publication Year: August 2, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: August 8, 2017
Teacher Education
Breaking Out of the Grips of Dichotomous Discourse in Teacher Post-Observation Debrief Conversations
Educational discourse is dominated by problematic dichotomies, for example, between teacher- and learner-centred pedagogies, and between teacher control and pupil autonomy. Such dichotomies impede attempts to understand and address complex educational problems, and thwart productive discussion among practitioners and the public. This article examines how teachers in one Israeli school addressed dichotomous discourse around classroom management in video-based post-observation debrief conversations.
Publication Year: October, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: August 7, 2017
Adult Education
How a Jewish Learning Program Surprised Me
When our synagogue, Bet Torah in Mt. Kisco, NY, announced a learning project with Project Zug, an online-based paired learning platform powered by Mechon Hadar, I really had no idea what to expect. We have had many adult education programs over the years, but nothing that was as self-directed as this looked to be. It was to be spread out over more than ten weeks and required significant amounts of discipline.
Publication Year: July 13, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: August 9, 2017
Informal Education
Call for Papers - Jewish Summer Camps as Educational Resources
The editors of the Journal of Jewish Education are planning a themed issue on Jewish summer camps. We are seeking research on day or residential summer camps that self-identify as Jewish camps. The focus of the research is to be on camps as a Jewish educational resource. The camps may be located in North or South America, Europe or Israel and serve a camper population from between the age range of 5-17. Research on educational staff at camp and camp alumni is also most welcome.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: August 8, 2017
Formal Education
How They Teach the Holocaust in Jewish Day Schools
Though Holocaust education is of critical importance in the world of Jewish Day Schools, little research has been conducted about it. The purpose of this paper is to answer some critical questions about how they teach the Holocaust in Jewish Day Schools–the who, what, when, where, how, and why questions. Additionally, comparisons are made between how the Holocaust is taught in America’s public schools versus Jewish Day Schools.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: August 8, 2017
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