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ERIC Number: EJ829293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1524-4113
Interactive Text Study: A Case of "Hevruta" Learning
Kent, Orit
Journal of Jewish Education, v72 n3 p205-232 Sep 2006
While "hevruta" (text study in pairs) is a traditional form of Jewish learning, it has rarely been the subject of empirical research. Building off of research on reading and interpreting literary texts and sociocultural theories of learning, the author closely analyzes transcripts and videos of students studying in "hevruta." Through this fine grained approach, the author begins to conceptualize how interpretive conversations in hevruta unfold, focusing especially on how students develop ideas and insights and how they engage with and learn from one another. The author concludes that when examined closely, "hevruta" study is a complex interaction which includes steps, moves, norms and identifiable modes of interpretative discussion. The author proposes the need to further study this "Jewish interpretive social learning practice" in order to develop a fuller picture of text study in "hevruta" and expand its educative potential. (Contains 5 tables and 25 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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