ERIC Number: EJ1051975
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
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"In Your Face" Democracy: Education for Belonging and Its Challenges in Israel
Agbaria, Ayman K.; Mustafa, Muhanad; Jabareen, Yousef T.
British Educational Research Journal, v41 n1 p143-175 Feb 2015
This article will juxtapose the goals and implications of two pedagogical programmes that promote education for belonging in Israel. Representing the official knowledge of the Ministry of Education, the first is the "100 Concepts in Heritage, Zionism and Democracy" curriculum. The second, which embodies the counter knowledge produced and disseminated by Arab civil society organizations, is entitled "Identity and Belonging: The Basic Concepts Project for Arab Pupils". The article grapples with the attempts of Israel to impose a state-standardized version of education for belonging, as well as the active resistance to this by Arab civil society in Israel which provides an alternative one. The article argues that the concepts included in the curriculum posed by Arab civil society, albeit controversial and challenging to the very definition of Israel as both a Jewish nation state and a democracy, should be considered an act of citizenship, rather than a sign of radicalization and separatism. Indeed, the alternative curriculum constitutes a political and ethical act of "in your face" democracy, which is deeply confrontational and interruptive. The paper is organized into three sections. The first explicates the politics of recognition as a theoretical framework for this study. The second unit presents both curricula and compares and contrasts the two. The third and final section offers concluding thoughts regarding the interplay of the rival Palestinian and Israeli historiographies in the struggle over canonizing and standardizing a collective narrative through the Israeli education system.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Arabs, Jews, Academic Standards, National Standards, Social Influences, Citizenship Education, Democracy, Resistance (Psychology), Curriculum, Politics of Education, World History
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Identifiers - Location: Israel; Palestine