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Formal Education
Jewish Educational Leadership. Winter, 2016 – Teaching the Whole Child
There is no automatic translation of Torah text study from an academic enterprise to a life-guide. I interviewed dozens, if not hundreds of students exiting elementary school all of whom wanted to demonstrate their proficiency in Talmud. They could recite the various opinions of the sages as well as a range of commentaries, but when I asked them to describe what they would do if they found a lost object in the hallway I was met with a glazed stare. That basic translation into real life had simply not been part of the learning. How many students have studied the laws of mourning but have no idea what to say when entering a shiva home? It is these questions that are at the core of this issue of the journal. How can we transform the classroom into a place of discovery that can help ensure that the student is not just covering the material and learning the information but is growing as a person on the path to healthy, Jewish adulthood?
Publication Year: Winter, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: February 16, 2017
Effects of Nature-Oriented Preschools on the Socio-Emotional Development of Israeli Children
Based on different development theories that combine nature and human psychology, nature-oriented methods of education have started to emerge. The subject of nature-oriented preschools addressed in this study comprises two aspects: (1) the psychological developmental theories that create the theoretical background for the insertion of human-nature interactions and their effects on the preschool children, especially on their socio-emotional development, and (2) a literature review of the theories dealing with the impact of nature on people, including the effects of both flora and fauna. The study presented here is part of a larger research plan investigating the effects of nature-oriented preschool system on several socio-emotional aspects of Israeli children.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: February 8, 2017
Shalem College's Fourth Academic Class Continues “Tradition of Excellence”
Shalem College’s second president, Prof. Isaiah M. Gafni, welcomed 53 new students to campus the first week of November, 2016, urging them to “retain the extraordinary passion for learning” that brought them to the college throughout their next four years. Hailing from all parts of the country, and representing a diverse religious and ideological spectrum, Shalem’s over-subscribed Class of 2020 are united by their impressive record of service, commitment to learning, and academic accomplishment—traits that define the college’s first three pioneering classes as well, and “continue Shalem’s tradition of excellence,” in the words of Provost Dr. Daniel Polisar.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: January 16, 2017
Missions, Methods, and Assessment in Hebrew Language Education: Case Studies of American Jewish Day Schools
This research consists of three case studies conducted within American Jewish day schools (JDSs). Addressing some of the issues pointed to by past researchers, this investigation focuses on the following discrete areas of Hebrew language (HL) programs: the stated visions for Hebrew language learning as noted in the mission statements and other documents of the schools and as articulated by teachers and administrators, the methodologies employed by Hebrew and Jewish Studies educators within these institutions, and the assessment practices employed by these schools and educators to determine whether the expressed goals of these programs are being met. By exploring the missions, methods, and assessment processes within these Hebrew language programs, and contrasting these aspects of the schools, we come to a better understanding of the inner workings of these programs and the issues that may be addressed in practice and future research.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: January 5, 2017
Values and Ideology of a Culture as Reflected in its Kindergarten Singing
Singing is part of a nation's culture and reflects its values and ideology. Singing also constitutes a tool for instilling educational, social, and cultural messages. The purpose of this study is to compare the repertoire of songs sung nowadays in kindergartens in two geographical areas in Israel: the center of the country and the northern periphery. This is a comparative research. The population included kindergarten teachers, from both geographical areas. The research tools used were a questionnaire and a semi-structured interview. Research findings show that there is a significant difference between the repertoire of songs selected by teachers working in kindergartens in the two different geographical areas.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: January 15, 2017
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