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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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Schools in Their Contexts

Schools in Their Contexts

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The Promise of Integrated Multicultural and Bilingual Education

Zvi Bekerman

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews briefly the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the historical-political development of the Israeli school system in light of that conflict, and the respective roles of Hebrew and Arabic languages in Israeli society. The effects of these sociopolitical contexts on the establishment and maintenance of the bilingual integrated schools and on the language policies and educational practices in schools that are specifically geared to facilitate tolerance and recognition of the “other” while strengthening group identity are analyzed and examined. The chapter concludes with a discussion of how peace education efforts within the integrated schools can address particular contextual challenges that, when left unaccounted for, prejudice their attempts to promote coexistence.

Keywords:   ethnographic methods, research methodology, empirical educational research, qualitative research, classroom observation, bilingual schools

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