Role of Druze high schools in Israel in shaping students' identity and citizenship

Deborah Court, Randa Abbas

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    This study investigated how two Israeli Druze high schools shape the identity and citizenship of adolescents through curriculum, teaching, discourse, social activities and national ceremonies. Data were collected through interviews with teachers, the two school principals, policymakers for Druze education in the Ministry of Education, and students, as well as through observations and document analysis. The research found that the Israeli Druze school system plays a significant role in shaping students' identity and citizenship in the difficult Israeli context, developing adolescents who are firmly rooted in both Druze and Israeli identity. Four central mechanisms were found to infuse the schools in order to accomplish these goals. These were characterized as multi-faceted values education, multi-faceted development of students' identity and citizenship, meaningful learning and the community good. The commitment of Druze educators to building strong Druze-Israeli identity in their students was seen to spring from Druze religious beliefs and from the unique position of the Druze among other Arab groups in Israel.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)145-162
    Number of pages18
    JournalEducation, Citizenship and Social Justice
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - 2010


    • Druze
    • Israel
    • citizenship
    • education
    • identity


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