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ERIC Number: EJ829297
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1524-4113
What Connects "Good" Teaching, Text Study and "Hevruta" Learning? A Conceptual Argument
Holzer, Elie
Journal of Jewish Education, v72 n3 p183-204 Sep 2006
The study of Jewish traditional texts in a "hevruta" learning setting (two people studying a text together) represents past as well as contemporary modes of Jewish religious and devotional study. More recently, "hevruta" learning has made its way into several contexts of professional development in Jewish education, including inservice settings like the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute (MTEI) and preservice settings like the teacher preparation program at Pardes in Jerusalem and the DeLeT fellowship program at Brandeis University. In this article, the author discusses a new rationale for the study of texts in "hevruta" based in philosophical hermeneutics as it was developed in the context of the "Beit midrash" for teachers in the DeLeT program. Central to this argument is the idea of "conversation" as developed in the works of H. G. Gadamer and P. Ricoeur, which the author uses to illuminate a view of Jewish text study in "hevruta." Next the author considers some of the dispositions needed to participate in such conversations with both the text and a "hevruta" partner. He then claims that these dispositions are also integral to good teaching, at least the kind of teaching fostered in the DeLeT program. This article is part of a larger project designed to document and study the character, quality, and impact of the "Beit midrash" for teachers at Brandeis and to explore the potential of text study in "hevruta" as a form of professional development for teachers. (Contains 45 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A