Ideology, Policy, and Practice: Education for Immigrants and Minorities in Israel Today

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 23, 2004 - Education - 433 pages
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Systems of state education are a crucial means for realizing the state’s focal aspiration of guaranteeing solidarity and civil loyalty (Van Kemenade, 1985 pp. 854ff. ). The means at hand include the state’s structuring and organization of schooling, determination of what education is compulsory, examinations that decide admittance to institutions of secondary and tertiary education, the design of educational aids, curricula, textbooks, didactic methods, and the general distribution of resources to schools. A further apparatus is that of teacher education and the regulations for appointment to the schools and remuneration (van Kemenade, 1985, p. 850). There are indications that the issue of equality and equity for all in education is a dilemma prevalent in systems of state education, among others, because the advancement of equity is liable to interfere with the state’s main goal. It is highly likely that the failing does not derive from contingent misund- standings, but rather from systemic contradictions. With this in mind, this book suggests a broad-spectrum approach to understanding how state education gets done, so to speak, and what in the process seems to obstruct impartiality. The case that I will examine is that of the state system of education in Israel. Underlying the study is the sociological assumption that an analysis of how one state system works is likely to bear a message that can be generalized.
  

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Contents

Education for Immigrants and Minorities in the World
23
Theoretical Concerns and Their Implications
40
Ideology as aNational Project in Israel
57
Policies that Rely on Ideology Enacting Legislation
93
Celebrating Accomplishments Publicizing the Fulfillment
126
Ideology Transmuted Proclaiming Educational Goals
153
DIFFERENTIATION AND PERFORMANCE
177
Pupils from Russia and the Former Soviet Union in the Israeli
246
Perpetuating Difference
273
Multiculturalism
307
Can it be Democratic? Children
329
Appendix A Immigrants by Period of Immigration and Last Continent
397
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Devorah Kalekin-Fishman is a senior researcher in the Faculty of Education, University of Haifa, Israel with wide experience as a sociologist and as an educator at all levels of the educational system. Her current research projects relate to immigration and alienation, educational policy, and biographical-narrative research in sociology. She is the Editor of the International Sociology Review of Books, and Vice-President for Publications of the International Sociological Association.

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