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ERIC Number: EJ828088
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1524-4113
"Feeling Jewish" and "Knowing Jewish": The Cognitive Dimension of Informal Education
Gamoran, Adam
Journal of Jewish Education, v73 n2 p123-125 May 2007
This article presents the author's response to Joseph Reimer's article titled, "Beyond More Jews Doing Jewish: Clarifying the Goals of Informal Jewish Education." Reimer's essay on the goals of informal education is a welcome contribution to discussions about whether and how Jewish education may contribute to the continuity of Jews and Judaism across generations of diaspora Jewry. He makes a strong case for the importance of addressing educational as well as socialization goals, explaining that "informal Jewish education has to involve more than a warm bath of meaningful experiences and good feelings" (Reimer, 2007, p. 16). Despite his assertion that education involves acquisition of knowledge as well as attitudes, values, and skills, most of Reimer's essay is concerned with the skills and values required for the practice of Judaism. However, the author argues that informal Jewish education has extraordinary potential for enhancing not only values and skills, but also the cognitive domain of Jewish practice: knowledge of content embodied in sacred and contemporary texts upon which Jewish tradition and continuity are based. He discusses how an emotionally captivating experience can engage a learner in a cognitive development. Although the learner is typically unaware that the informal setting is designed to promote cognitive development (as opposed to the school setting, where cognitive goals are front and center), informal educators often have such aims in mind.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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