Perceptions of the purposes of education among religious teacher education students in Israel

Yisrael Rich, Shira Iluz

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This research examines the purposes of education perceived by teacher education students preparing for a career in Israeli public religious schools. Participants were 164 men and 364 women in their first or final year of teacher education. They responded to questionnaires that explored educational purposes in four ways. Twenty-four students also were interviewed. Major results indicate that: 1) universal and religious purposes of education are considered highly important; 2) men attribute greater importance than women to religious- Torah purposes; 3) academic-intellectual growth is not considered an important educational purpose. Implications of these and other findings are considered for educational policy and practice in public religious schools.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-196
Number of pages17
JournalReligious Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2003

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This research was supported by the Department of Religious Education, Israeli Ministry of Education, and by the Ihel Foundation. Part of the study was presented at the 12th Conference of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values at Kiryat Anavim, Israel. Our thanks to Ophra Kula who contributed to this study.


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