Dr. Tzvi Bekerman presents research about Hand in Hand graduates

February 18th, 2015


"I have found that the Hand in Hand students had more complexity and oppenness in their understanding of the world around them." 
- Dr. Zvi Bekerman.


Parents at the Jerusalem school gathered to hear the findings of a study about Hand in Hand schools conducted by Dr. Bekerman, an anthropologist at Hebrew University as well as from Dr. Inas Deeb, the Director of Hand in Hand's Education Department.

Dr. Deeb presented her research first, which showed that students in integrated educational settings are more aware of their own identities, and curious about others. They also hold fewer racist and stereotypical views about the “other side.” She explained: "When children learn about each other's cultures and have a wide range of experiences with children from other communities, they begin to accept the differences instead of being afraid of them."

Dr. Bekerman spoke about a study in which he interviewed three cohorts of 12th grade students at Hand in Hand and at other, mainstream Jewish and Arab schools in Israel. He found, among other things, that the students at Hand in Hand were more complex thinkers, and would often bring two sides of a story into their understanding of their surroundings and of the conflict. The full study is due to be published in a book later this year.

Dr. Deeb added: "This kind of research is invaluable to us. While academic success is easily measured with grades, it is much more difficult to measure the values that we teach in Hand in Hand – such as tolerance, sensitivity and complex thinking. Dr. Bekerman's research has found that the students at the Hand in Hand schools have a real understanding of their own identity along and an extra level of sensitivity for the other side.”






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