Studies in Jewish Education I: Theory...

The focus of this volume is the state of the Jewish educational research and its impact on practice.

PREFACE This volume is the first of a new series of publications on Jewish education presented under the auspices of the Samuel Mendel Melton Centre for Jewish Education in the Diaspora of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. ( The second volume will present the proceedings of the Dushkin Conference on Research: Jewish Education, held at the Hebrew University, June, 1980.) This publishing endeavor represents the Centres general commitment to enriching Jewish education in various ways, including research. This volume collects several disparate types of research and is not limited to one theme or methodology; subsequent volumes will continue to deal with a broad range of issues and methodologies, as well as focusing on specific themes. Several people were instrumental in bringing this project to fruition. It was initiated during the tenure of Dr. Michael Rosenak as director of the Melton Centre for Jewish Education in the Diaspora. His initiative and wisdom guided our work throughout, and are deeply appreciated. Professor Seymour Fox ( former Director of the School of Education of the Hebrew University) and Moshe Davis ( founding Head of the Institute of Contemporary Jewry of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem), the directors of the two parent bodies of the Melton Centre, provided much support and guidance for the project. Mr. Alan Hoffmann, Associate Director of the Melton Centre for Jewish Education in the Diaspora, facilitated the many practical issues related to turning a body of papers into a book. We should particularly like to acknowledge the work of Dr. Ron Kronish, who supervised the copy editors of this volume, including Ms. Nancy Schoenburg 7 Chapter Home  | TOC

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Front Matter Front Flap Half Title Page Title Page Copyright Page Table of Contents Preface RESEARCH AND JEWISH EDUCATION 1. INTRODUCTION2. THE STATE OF RESEARCH3. A ????-THEORY OF JEWISH EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH4. THIS VOLUMEAPPENDIX: A CATEGORIZATION OF JEWISH EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH 1. Descriptive Data-Gathering2. Ethnographic and Case Studies3. Correlational — Causational Studies4. Historical Analysis5. Curriculum Analysis6. Philosophical Analysis and System-Building7. Inspirational — ProgrammaticContents I. ETHNOGRAPHY AND ANTHROPOLOGY TOWARDS AN APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY OF JEWISHEDUCATION - Yehudah WurtzelAnthropology and Research in Jewish EducationTwo Paradigms of Jewish EducationThe First Educational Paradigm: Absorbing a Symbol SystemDealing with Difficult SymbolsThe Second Educational Paradigm: A Child's Strategy for Dealing with Unwanted SymbolsAn Applied Anthropology of Jewish EducationTRANSMISSION OF TRADITION IN AN ORTHODOXDAY SCHOOL: An Ethnographic Case Study - Brian M. BullivantAims and Origins of the StudyCulture — The Program of InformationThe Role of Values and Traditions in CultureLegitimating the Institutions of the GroupConceptual Models for the Analysis of Encultrationa) Society-focusedb) Child-focusedThe Transmission of Culture by Lubavitcher SchoolThe Transmutation of Culture in Lubavitcher SchoolDualism and Enculturation DissonanceCoping with Dualism — Boys' Constructions of their Life Worlds SEEING IS DISBELIEVING: Researching Curriculum Through Ethnography - David SchoemCurriculum and Research — The Need for ChangeThe Potential of Ethnographic ResearchUsing Qualitative MethodsResearching Curriculum Through Ethnography : Some InsightsConclusionII. MORAL EDUCATION ETHICAL DIMENSIONS OF TRADITIONAL JEWISHEDUCATION - Solomon SchimmelON THE MORAL SIGNIFICANCE OF TEACHING: An Examination of an Aggadic Story - Jonathan CohenIII. PHILOSOPHY JEWISH RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND INDOCTRINATION - Michael RosenakCriteria of IndoctrinationChoices Confronting the Religious EducatorPhilosophical, Cultural and Existential Dimensions of Education Religion and EducationDistinguishing between Education and IndoctrinationReligious Education and IndoctrinationJEWISH EDUCATION: A Perspective on Strategies and Tactics - Raphael ArztI. INTRODUCTIONII. THE STUDENT POPULATION — A PROFILEIII. STRATEGIES AND TACTICS — A PARTIAL INVENTORY AND CRITIQUE A. The Strategy of YiddishkeitB. Hebrew as a StrategyC. The Teaching of Text as a StrategyD. The Halachah as a StrategyE. Israel as a StrategyF. The Strategy of Political OrganizationIV. BACK TO JEWISH CONSCIOUSNESSV. WHITHER TO NOW? - HISTORY AS A SYNTOPTIC DISCIPLINEVI. THE UNIVERSAL AND THE PARTICULARVII. A SECOND LOOK AT EARLIER STRATEGIES(1) The Role of Israel in a Strategy of Jewish Education(2) The Role of Yiddishkeit in a Strategy of Jewish Education(3) The Role of Hebrew in a Strategy of Jewish Education(4) The Role of Halachah in a Strategy of Jewish Education(5) The Role of the Political in a Strategy of Jewish Education(6) The Role of Text in a Strategy of Jewish EducationVIII. CONCLUSIONJOHN DEWEY'S INFLUENCE ON JEWISH EDUCATION IN AMERICA: The Gap Between Theory and Practice - Ronald KronishDifficulty in Measuring Influence in PracticeDewey, Child-Centeredness and Jewish Education School and Society in Jewish Educational PracticeThe Lack of Influence in SchoolsThe Problem of AuthenticityThe Need for PhilosophyIV. CURRICULUM CHOSENNESS: Variations on a Theme - Walter I. AckermanEXAMINATION OF OBJECTIVES IN THE TEACHING OF READING IN JEWISH EDUCATION IN THE DIASPORA - Shlomo HaramatiBIBLIOTHERAPY IN A JEWISH EDUCATIONAL PERSPECTIVE - Steven CopelandThe Area of InquiryThe Proposed TheoryThe Proposed Method ExemplifiedProblems or ReservationsContributionsIn Summation — and an ExpansionTHE HIDDEN CURRICULUM OF JEWISH EDUCATION - Oded SchremerTHE CONTRIBUTORSWALTER I. ACKERMANRAPHAEL ARZTBRIAN BULLIVANTBARRY CHAZANJONATHAN COHENSTEVEN COPELANDSHLOMO HARAMATIRONALD KRONISHMICHAEL ROSENAKSOLOMON SCHIMMELDAVID SCHOEMODED SCHREMERYEHUDA WURTZELHEBREW SECTION Table of Contents - HEBREW
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The Goddess Anath
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Renewing the Covenant: A Theology for the Postmodern Jew
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Defenses of the Imagination: Jewish Writers and Historical Crisis
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Succeeding at Jewish Education: How One Synagogue Made It Work
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Studies in History (Scripta Hierosolymitana XXIII)
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Studies in Jewish Education I: Theory and Research
The focus of this volume is the state of the Jewish educational research and its impact on practice.

Tractate Sanhedrin: Commentary and Study Guide
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Hellenism
This book is intended for those interested in the conflict of Judaism with the culture of the ancient world and its impact on the Jewish life of today.

The Mystical Element in Judaism
An alternative to Gershom Scholem's view of Kabbalah by one of the greatest Jewish thinkers; a succinct yet much revealing introduction to Jewish mysticism.

Blessed is the Match: The Story of Jewish Resistance
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Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics Vol. 3
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The Third Pillar
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The Documentary Hypothesis and the Composition of the Pentateuch: Eight Lectures
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The International Critical Commentary (ICC): GENESIS
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