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Hassenfeld, Ziva R.; Levisohn, Jon A. – Journal of Jewish Education, 2019
This article examines the ways that Jewish studies teachers think about their teaching. It analyzes data from a three month teacher study group in which teachers read educational research articles as a framework for reflecting on their own teaching. The data suggest that Jewish studies teachers take one of two approaches in talking about their…
Descriptors: Jews, Judaism, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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Lewis, Jennifer; Potts, Phoebe – Journal of Jewish Education, 2019
Lesson study is a form of professional development where a group of teachers identifies a problem of practice on which they would like to make progress in their teaching. Over an extended period of time, the teachers study the topic and plan a lesson together. One member then teaches the lesson while the others observe; the group reflects…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Lesson Plans, Judaism, Religious Education
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Reimer, Joseph – Journal of Jewish Education, 2018
Given the centrality of Shabbat celebration to the weekly cycle of Jewish residential camps, it is surprising how little Shabbat-at-camp has been studied. This participant observational study of three American Jewish residential camps has focused on how Shabbat-at-camp is created and how the ritual celebrations engage the older campers. This study…
Descriptors: Jews, Judaism, Religious Education, Religious Factors
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Kress, Jeffrey S. – Journal of Jewish Education, 2017
"Mussar," an approach to character growth emerging as a movement in the 18th century, has increasingly been incorporated into contemporary Jewish education. The purpose of mussar--the cultivation of character--is consistent with the goals of Jewish day schools and other settings. This article examines the implementation of a mussar-based…
Descriptors: Values Education, Day Schools, Community Schools, Jews
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Tamir, Eran; Pearlmutter, Nili; Feiman-Nemser, Sharon – Journal of Jewish Education, 2017
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…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Day Schools, Teaching Conditions, Jews
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Stern, Miriam Heller – Journal of Jewish Education, 2014
This study analyzes the ways in which practitioner inquiry engages graduate student educators in understanding how to navigate the complexities and contingencies of teaching. By examining the challenges graduate student teachers faced while conducting practitioner inquiry, as well as the categories of teacher knowledge they developed in the…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Student Teachers, Graduate Students, Inquiry
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Alexander, Shelley T. – Journal of Jewish Education, 2013
This article offers a conceptual framework for assessing PJ Library programming grounded in the relevant scholarly literature and illustrated by way of conversations with PJ Library parents. It is built around three themes concerning how parents view their role as facilitators in their child's religious and cultural identity formation through the…
Descriptors: Jews, Judaism, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Attitudes
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Reimer, Joseph – Journal of Jewish Education, 2013
What is the place of teaching about other world religions in a Jewish educational curriculum for adolescents? This article explores a course in world religions that has been taught at the Genesis Program at Brandeis University since 2001. Based on a participant observational study during 2002 and 2012, the author traces how the teachers construct…
Descriptors: Jews, Religion Studies, Religious Cultural Groups, World Views
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Chertok, Fern; Mittelberg, David; Laron, Dinah; Koren, Annette – Journal of Jewish Education, 2013
School-to-school collaboration has emerged as a key paradigm for fostering personal and institutional connections between Israeli and Diaspora youth, educators, and schools. Using the findings of a multi-year case study of a high school level twinning initiative, this article describes the challenges to this form of transnational collaboration and…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Foreign Countries, Institutional Cooperation, Intervention
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Tamir, Eran; de Kramer, Raquel Magidin – Journal of Jewish Education, 2011
This article analyzes the career commitments and retention patterns among graduates of the DeLeT program (Day School Leadership Through Teaching) who were prepared for day-school teaching at Brandeis University and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Employing t-tests to analyze survey responses, we identify factors that shape and…
Descriptors: Jews, Day Schools, Teacher Persistence, School Support
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Kent, Orit – Journal of Jewish Education, 2010
Modern educational scholarship has not substantially investigated the learning practice of havruta, paired study and focused conversation around classical Jewish texts. In this article, the author analyzes videotapes and transcripts of real-life havruta interactions and proposes a theory of havruta learning as composed of three pairs of core…
Descriptors: Jews, Religious Education, Cooperative Learning, Judaism
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Cousens, Beth; Morrison, Jeremy S.; Fendrick, Susan P. – Journal of Jewish Education, 2008
This article investigates the use of the contextual orientation to the Bible--which seeks to understand the Bible as a product of its time, and in the context of historical-critical biblical scholarship--as a deliberate, significant aspect of a teacher's overall approach to reaching Jewish adults in their 20s and 30s. Through classroom observation…
Descriptors: Biblical Literature, Jews, Investigations, Observation
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Shevitz, Susan; Koren, Annette – Journal of Jewish Education, 2004
Since 1993, Boston's Jewish community has supported "Sh'arim," a regional initiative in Jewish family education (JFE). This paper examines parents' perceptions of the impact of that initiative on their children, themselves and their families as a whole over the past 10 years. After briefly describing the initiative's original goals,…
Descriptors: Jews, Focus Groups, Judaism, Self Concept