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ERIC Number: EJ903179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 199
ISSN: ISSN-1990-3839
"Intercultural Mediation", The Institution of Learning and the Process of Educational "Integration" and Assimilation: The Case of Ethiopian Jews in Israel
Berhanu, Girma
Educational Research and Reviews, v1 n3 p62-79 Jun 2006
The major premise of this paper concerns the existence of an intrinsic connection between the institutional culture of school and students' dispositions to learning. The data presented shows three things in particular. These are firstly, the strong mono-culture of the Israeli school, secondly, a virtual absence of knowledge, understanding and sensitivity on the part of these schools to how students from different cultural backgrounds learn and, thirdly, how the workings of the school environment impact on the academic development of minority children. My findings suggest that the teaching methods, the social climate of the school and patterns of school work, regarding cultural differences in Israel may have the same effect on academic progress for Ethiopian children as family (cultural) background, neighborhood, peer environment and socio-economic status seem to have for the white urban poor in Western schools. The inequalities imposed on Ethiopian children by their home environment such as poor neighborhood, "immobilized" or "neutralized" culture inadequately reconstituted by the new one, and interruption of cultural transmission to the young at home, are carried along to become the inequalities with which the children confront school life and, hence, future adult life.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ethiopia