The Promise of Integrated Multicultural and Bilingual Education: Inclusive Palestinian-Arab and…

Hardcover | February 10, 2016

byZvi Bekerman

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The Promise of Integrated and Multicultural Bilingual Education presents the results of a long-term ethnographic study of the integrated bilingual Palestinian-Jewish schools in Israel that offer a new educational option to two groups of Israelis - Palestinians and Jews - who have been inconflict for the last one hundred years. Their goal is to create egalitarian bilingual multicultural environments to facilitate the growth of youth who can acknowledge and respect "others" while maintaining loyalty to their respective cultural traditions. In this book, Bekerman reveals the complex school practices implemented while negotiating identity and culture in contexts of enduring conflict. Data gathered from interviews with teachers, students, parents, and state officials are presented and analyzed to explore the potential and limitations ofpeace education given the cultural resources, ethnic-religious affiliations, political beliefs, and historical narratives of the various interactants. The book concludes with critique of Western positivist paradigmatic perspectives that currently guide peace education, maintaining that one of theprimary weaknesses of current bilingual and multicultural approaches to peace education is their failure to account for the primacy of the political framework of the nation state and the psychologized educational perspectives that guide their educational work. Change, it is argued, will only occurafter these perspectives are abandoned, which entails critically reviewing present understandings of the individual, of identity and culture, and of the learning process.

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The Promise of Integrated and Multicultural Bilingual Education presents the results of a long-term ethnographic study of the integrated bilingual Palestinian-Jewish schools in Israel that offer a new educational option to two groups of Israelis - Palestinians and Jews - who have been inconflict for the last one hundred years. Their go...

Zvi Bekerman teaches anthropology of education at the School of Education and The Melton Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His main interests are in the study of cultural, ethnic, and national identity, including identity processes and negotiation during intercultural encounters and in formal/informal learning contexts. He is par...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:February 10, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart 11. Positioning the Author2. Theoretical Perspectives3. Methodology: From Theory to Implementation4. Schools in Their ContextsPart 25. The Parents6. Teachers at Their Work7. The ChildrenPart 38. School Routines: Culture, Religion, and Politics in the Classroom9. Ceremonial Events10. Conflicting National NarrativesPart 411. The Graduates12. Conclusions