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JTeens of the iGeneration
This research project investigates how teenagers and young adults access the news and, more specifically news regarding the Middle East and Israel. The project supposes that social and news media play a role in how they interact with the news. The research also examines how social and news media portray the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and thus, the information the teenagers and young adults receive.
The research findings will be used to inform a tenth grade Jewish Religious School confirmation curriculum, which will teach the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the use of online media sources. The goal of the curriculum is twofold. Primarily, teaching a challenge facing Israel through the Israeli-Palestinian conflict allows students to directly confront a troubling concern and cultivate a genuine understanding of the many factions who share a stake in Israel. Secondarily, using online resources to convey the information, explore the legitimacy and sources of that information, and to engage in the broader conversation around the conflict allows students to develop the faculties necessary to assess the validity of sources.
The results from the research confirmed that many of the respondents do indeed access the news through online news and social media resources. The results also showed that many of the respondents feel knowledgeable about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and have engaged in conversations regarding the conflict on Social Networking Sites. Finally, the results established an interest in the subject matter amongst teenagers. Consequently, the curriculum guide will follow the research project with the use of online news sources as a way to engage the students.
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Lebovits, Jessica. JTeens of the iGeneration. HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly School of Jewish Communal Service) Masters Theses. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). April 2012: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=14155
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