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RESEARCH AND JEWISH EDUCATION

editor Barry Chazan
RESEARCH AND JEWISH EDUCATION 1. INTRODUCTION This volume is more than a collection of essays on Jewish education; it is an attempt to contribute to the creation of a new sphere of discourse. If seen as the former, it might be treated respectfully, but indifferently, as yet another interesting but not particularly crucial academic exercise. If seen as the latter, it may help to enable us to focus on present and future Jewish education in more fruitful ways. The issue which such a volume raises is, of course, the nature of research in Jewish education and its relationship to practice. In this introductory essay, I should like to focus on two aspects of the larger issues: 1) the state of Jewish educational research, 2) the meta- issue related to the construction of a practice which will be informed by theory. 2. THE STATE OF RESEARCH The issue of research on Jewish  education has received growing attention in recent years, 1  and certain patterns have 1. See the following: Barry Chazan, Jewish Schooling and Jewish Identification re: Melbourne, ( Jerusalem: Institute of Contemporary Jewry. 1980), Ch. 2: Harold Himmelfarb,  Research on American Jewish Identity and Identification: Progress, Pitfalls, and Prospects, a paper presented at the Planning Conference for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University, Oct. 21- 24, 1979. David Reznick.  Toward an Agenda for Research in Jewish Education, Planning Conference for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University, Oct. 21- 24, 1979. Ronald Wolfson and Stuart Kelman,  Research in Jewish Religious Education. Religious Education, LXXV, 6, ( Nov. - Dec. 1980), pp. 692- 697. 9 Chapter Home  | TOC t

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RESEARCH AND JEWISH EDUCATION 1. INTRODUCTION This volume is more than a collection of essays on Jewish education; it is an attempt to contribute to the creation of a new sphere of discourse. If seen as the former, it might be treated respectfully, but indifferently, as yet another interesting but not particularly crucial academic exercise. If seen as the latter, it may help to enable us to focus on present and future Jewish education in more fruitful ways. The issue which such a volume raises is, of course, the nature of research in Jewish education and its relationship to practice. In this introductory essay, I should like to focus on two aspects of the larger issues: 1) the state of Jewish educational research, 2) the meta- issue related to the construction of a practice which will be informed by theory. 2. THE STATE OF RESEARCH The issue of research on Jewish education has received growing attention in recent years, 1 and certain patterns have 1. See the following: Barry Chazan, Jewish Schooling and Jewish Identification re: Melbourne, ( Jerusalem: Institute of Contemporary Jewry. 1980), Ch. 2: Harold Himmelfarb, \\" Research on American Jewish Identity and Identification: Progress, Pitfalls, and Prospects\\", a paper presented at the Planning Conference for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University, Oct. 21- 24, 1979. David Reznick. \\" Toward an Agenda for Research in Jewish Education,\\" Planning Conference for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University, Oct. 21- 24, 1979. Ronald Wolfson and Stuart Kelman, \\" Research in Jewish Religious Education\\". Religious Education, LXXV, 6, ( Nov. - Dec. 1980), pp. 692- 697. 9 << Chapter >> Home | TOC t
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