(In) Equality in the Israeli Educational System: A Joint Jewish-Arab Educational Project

Yaacov J Katz, Yaacov B. Yablon

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    This article describes the educational strategies and interventions un- dertaken in the Information and Communications Technology Project de- signed to lower the level of conflict between Jewish and Bedouin Arab 11th grade high school students. During the project, which was financed by the Israeli Minister of Science, the societal values of understanding, equality, tolerance, and peace were intensely promoted. Three different complementary educational strategies were employed. These involved students’ participation in workshops conducted by experts trained in the art of mediation and bridge building, interaction through email and an In- ternet-based chatroom, and participation in a two day-long face-to-face meeting. All three strategies were specially designed to promote under- standing, equality, tolerance, and peace between Jewish and Bedouin Arab students. The results of the project indicate that Jewish students adopted more favourable attitudes toward Bedouins, and that Bedouin students’ atti- tudes towards Jewish students remained positive throughout the dura- tion of the project. The prognosis for long-term change and cooperation between the Jewish and Bedouin students who participated in the project is discussed.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Pages (from-to)25-38
    Number of pages14
    JournalInformation Technology, Education and Society
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013


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