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ERIC Number: EJ834571
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1524-4113
Adult Jewish Learners: Entering the Conversation
Schuster, Diane Tickton
Journal of Jewish Education, v71 n2 p245-247 May 2005
During the past decade, the author has conducted research about the learning journeys of contemporary Jewish adults enriched by insights of adult education scholars and practitioners. While the author has benefited from the perspectives of colleagues, it is the burgeoning population of adult students that has most profoundly influenced her thinking about what matters in visioning Jewish education. As she has listened to adults describe the impact of Jewish learning on their lives (Aron & Schuster, 1999; Schuster, 1998, 2003), the author has observed that, after taking the risk to find a place at a table of "the Jewish conversation," most learners become excited about mastering Jewish content, are motivated to clarify how they understand Judaism and Jewish tradition, and are inspired to teach to others what they have learned. In this article, the author discusses three issues that emerged from the author's research, which also extend points made by authors in the "Visions" collection. These are (1) the centrality of "meaning making" in adult Jewish identity formation; (2) the gap between Jewish learning--even when it is "transformative"--and actual changes in Jewish behavior; and (3) the vital importance of "empowerment," a pedagogical stance that educators must employ to "develop" Jewish adults.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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