Experimenting with Jewish Education: Towards a Science of Understanding

By Leonard Saxe, Benjamin Phillips

Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, September 2006

Despite their central role in other areas, true experiments are rare in Jewish education. Much research on Jewish education is conducted without systematic assessment. Typically, investigations examine changes solely in the treatment group, examining only those exposed to the intervention. Such study designs, however, make it difficult to separate the effects of the intervention from maturation and other natural changes. The evaluation of Taglit-birthright Israel is an exception to the typical studies of Jewish education. Can the design used to test the impact of birthright israel be applicable to other Jewish education programs?

 

Topic: Methodology, Education, Program Evaluation

Name of Publication: Contact: The Journal of the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life

Volume/Issue: Vol.8/No.4

Page Number(s): 12-13

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Genre: Other

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Saxe, Leonard. Phillips, Benjamin. Experimenting with Jewish Education: Towards a Science of Understanding. Contact: The Journal of the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. September 2006: 12-13. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=3451


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