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ERIC Number: EJ1205765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1524-4113
"Havruta" Goes to University: "Havruta"-Style Text Study in a College Education Class
Shargel, Rebecca
Journal of Jewish Education, v85 n1 p4-26 2019
This article presents original qualitative research applying paired text study, "havruta" learning, to the secular college classroom. I adapted this method to a first-year seminar in a public university and found that students perceived that "havruta" improved their abilities to verbalize their understandings through reading text aloud and debating one another, opened their eyes to new perspectives, engaged them in argumentation, and empowered them to take charge of learning. Despite students' overall resoundingly positive reflections upon their "havruta" experience, I also inquired as to perceived disadvantages, which included unbalanced participation, discomfort with disagreeing, and agreement leading to stagnation. Strategies I posit to address these challenges include planning for and evaluating future "havruta" learning and evaluating the balance and quality of work of partners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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