Jewish Lives, Jewish Learning: Adult Jewish Learning in Theory and Practice

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URJ Books and Music, Jan 1, 2003 - Religion - 249 pages
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Dr. Diane Tickton Schuster's groundbreaking book is for Jewish professionals involved in the rapidly expanding field of Jewish adult education. The search for understanding adult Jewish learning starts by seeking to understand people's individual experiences. Using stories of learners and teachers, as well as theories of adult development and education, Dr. Schuster provides insights into how Jewish adults learn and grow. This book tackles the questions of what prompts Jewish adults to begin to study Jewish texts, and what obstacles need to be overcome for adult learners to feel safe and confident in their pursuit of more Jewish knowledge. Jewish Lives, Jewish Learning covers many topics, including providing easy access to learning, aiding the quest for competence, understanding the different kinds of learners, creating learning-centered education, and more.
  

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Contents

Showing Up as a Jewish Adult
15
Jewish Journey Map
17
Supporting Adult Jewish Growth
39
Feeling Jewishly Illiterate
45
Beyond Reading Riting and Rithmetic
52
Jewish Adult Learners as Knowers
87
Grappling with Tough Questions
102
Jack Mezirows Ten Phases
107
Learning Orientations and Preferences
135
Rethinking
149
Principles of Effective Practice in Facilitating Learning
151
The LearnerCentered Adult Educator
168
Practical Strategies in the Beit Midrash
170
Tools for Setting the Climate
186
Toward Using Skill Ability and Knowledge
214
Increasing Adult Learner Motivation
220

Sample Paradoxes in Contemporary Jewish Lives
118
Background and Interests of Learners
129
Observation Guide for Culturally Responsive
227
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Schuster is Director of the Institute for teaching Jewish Adults at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. A developmental psychologist, she teaches and conducts research about adult Jewish learners and their teachers.

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