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ERIC Number: ED116994
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Feb
Pages: 596
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Competing Values and Traditions in an Orthodox Jewish Day School: A Study of Enculturation Dissonance.
Bullivant, Brian Milton
This study examines how the values and value orientations derived fro two differing, historical traditions influence the formal education of adolescent boys attending an Orthodox Jewish day school in Melbourne, Australia. The two traditions include the Chassidic variant of the great tradition of Orthodox Judaism and the Australian adaptation of the English secular academic tradition. A fundamental dualism dominates the school in the form of two almost separate enculturation matrices between which the students move daily. The contrasts between the value orientations produce an identifiable dissonance in the boys' cognitions about their life worlds. This affects their interpersonal behavior in teaching-learning interaction settings making them prone to hyperactivity, anxiety, tension, conflict, and even aggression. Sociological explanations suggest that the differing social constructions of learning in the two traditions interact to frustrate the boys' needs to learn. Countervailing influences and enculturation interference from the school's structural-organizational and epistemological dualism make the students' reality constructions problematical which in turn hamper their ability to learn. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Identifiers - Location: Australia