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ERIC Number: EJ883833
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1524-4113
Whose Orientations?
Gutoff, Joshua
Journal of Jewish Education, v76 n2 p113-114 2010
This article presents the author's response to Jon A. Levisohn's article entitled "A Menu of Orientations in the Teaching of Rabbinic Literature." While the "menu" Levisohn describes in his groundbreaking work on orientations to the teaching of rabbinic texts will almost certainly be refined over time, even as it stands this article should be of enormous practical use in Jewish education. First, it offers a vocabulary that will enable teachers, principals, curricula developers, parents, and other stakeholders to discuss with some clarity what is or is not being taught in a given setting. Second, it provides a tool for educators to reflect on their own practice. As an outline of at least some of the approaches of the practices in the field, it will undoubtedly goad teachers to think more clearly about their own orientations; and clarity about what one is trying to accomplish is, of course, the prerequisite for effective teaching. The author contends that teaching of rabbinic texts is not (yet) the profession that teaching mathematics or Hebrew or even Bible is, with a common understanding of the nature of the work. The author's own sense is that to an even greater extent than in other subjects, rabbinics teachers learn their craft largely through the "apprenticeship of observation" with little or no sense of what is going on elsewhere. In his overview of how teachers approach their material, Jon Levisohn provides the sorely needed context.
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Language: English
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