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ERIC Number: EJ829291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1524-4113
"Beit Midrash" for Teachers: An Experiment in Teacher Preparation
Feiman-Nemser, Sharon
Journal of Jewish Education, v72 n3 p161-181 Sep 2006
"Beit midrash" or "house of study" refers to a place where Jews, traditionally men, gather to study classical texts, often in pairs or "hevruta." In this "Beit midrash" for Teachers, the selection of texts, the language of instruction and the purposes of learning differ from those in a traditional "Beit midrash" where the study of Talmud is considered a religious activity and the goal is to enable students to become independent students of Talmud. The "Beit midrash" for Teachers is an integral part of the DeLeT (Day School Leadership Through Teaching) program at Brandeis, a 13-month, post-baccalaureate fellowship program designed to prepare teachers for the elementary grades in Jewish day schools. This article examines the "Beit midrash" for Teachers as a rich learning opportunity in its own right and an important component in a coherent program of teacher education for Jewish day school teaching. It examines the mix of purposes fostered in the "Beit midrash" and shows how these ends-in-view reinforce and are reinforced by the purposes and practices in other program components and in the overall program. It suggests that learning to "read" students and texts is a foundational element in learning to teach in Jewish day schools and that learning to do this well depends on opportunities for "critical colleagueship." An example that underscores the importance of collaborative learning in the DeLeT program and to the parallels with "hevruta" learning in the "Beit midrash" is presented. (Contains 3 figures and 23 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A