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ERIC Number: EJ1026185
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1524-4113
"The False Promise of Group Harmony": The Centrality of Challenging Practices in Teachers' Professional Development
Raider-Roth, Miriam; Stieha, Vicki; Kohan, Mark; Turpin, Carrie
Journal of Jewish Education, v80 n1 p53-77 2014
This article discusses an action research study of a week-long Summer Teachers Institute which immersed teachers in the study of Jewish historical and cultural texts. We investigate how this kind of cultural immersion created opportunities for transformative learning--the kind of learning that would not merely be the application of "new lessons," but that would also help teachers reconceptualize their teaching practices regarding Jewish religion and culture. Our findings suggest that text study practices of challenging- in tandem with practices of supporting and voicing--were central in constructing a "relational learning community." Such a community was a necessary condition for transformative learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio
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