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The Promise of Integrated Multicultural and Bilingual EducationInclusive Palestinian-Arab and Jewish Schools in Israel$
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Zvi Bekerman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199336517

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199336517.001.0001

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The Children

The Children

(p.156) (p.157) 7 The Children
The Promise of Integrated Multicultural and Bilingual Education

Zvi Bekerman

Oxford University Press

The chapter’s topic is the children who attend the bilingual Jewish-Palestinian Israeli schools. This chapter describes the conditions under which the data were gathered, the approach used to interview the children, and the methods of data analysis. It then presents the main findings, focusing on the effects of integrated education on the attitudes of the Jewish and Palestinian-Arab children who study at the bilingual schools. The data highlight the children’s perceptions of their own and others’ ethnic identity, level of political awareness, relationships with children from other ethnic groups, and knowledge of Arabic and Hebrew. The chapter argues that the children’s current situation in the schools is authentic and positive. It suggests that the bilingual initiative must help these children by critically interrogating the junctions where ethnicity, religion, and class meet, while encouraging a self-reflexive engagement with difference.

Keywords:   classroom practices, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Hebrew-Arabic bilingualism, reconciliation, contextual constraints, teachers' perspectives, teacher training

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