Jewish studies is at a crossroads. Tasked with enormous and competing responsibilities, including textual literacy, Jewish literacy, decoding skills, reading skills, language skills, cultural transmission, identity development and spiritual inspiration, the Jewish studies teacher faces a near-impossible challenge.
The laundry list of competing outcomes often results in hodgepodge curricula with constant moving targets. In response, this talk offers a new, focused answer to the goal of Jewish studies in Jewish day schools—inducting students into a Jewish literate practice. Ziva R. Hassenfeld, Ph.D., will offer a new vision for what Jewish studies classes could be, and how they can prepare students for the reading demands of the 21st century.
Ziva R. Hassenfeld, Ph.D., is the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel assistant professor of Jewish education at the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University. She studies reading comprehension from a sociocultural perspective, focusing on how children develop interpretations of the Hebrew Bible as a case of student reading development. She uses a variety of qualitative methods, including ethnographic observation, stimulated recall interviewing and think-aloud interviewing.+ More... - Less...
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