Training Community-involved Teachers
This paper presents a new model for teacher training. The uniqueness of the model is in its concept of training the teacher as an educational community leader. In recent decades Israeli society has been characterized by a discourse of rights and economic liberalization processes that have accentuated its internal polarization, intensified sectoral insularity and weakened societal coherence and solidarity.
In light of this complex reality, what is needed now is training that will nurture in teachers a position of social responsibility comprising two key components:
a. A holistic approach to the role of educator that is committed to every aspect of the child’s life.
b. Public and political awareness and the ability to formulate a critical position vis-à-vis the reality of life.
The training model that has been constructed leans on Antonio Gramsci’s theory as a basis for training the teacher as an educational community leader. In the spirit of Gramsci’s concept, the teacher training process will nurture the trainee teacher as an ‘organic intellectual’ with social consciousness and the willingness to be an active citizen.
The training program seeks to develop a pedagogy that will counteract the conventional dichotomy between the formal and non-formal in education and its application will comprise two main tracks:
• Integrating practical experience into schools and community and social organizations alike;
• Developing models of participative teaching and learning culture in the college training.
First we will present the problems facing teacher training in Israel today. Then we will employ Gramsci’s theory as a basis for developing a concept of pedagogical activism in teacher training. And finally we will present the new training model and initial research findings following a change in the conception of the role among the trainee teachers.
Keywords: Teacher Training, Antonio Gramsci, Pedagogical Activism, Social Responsibility, Holistic Approach, Solidarity
Dr. Esther Yogev Yogev
Dean of the School of Education, The Undergraduate Division of the College, Kibbutzim College of Education
Dr. Nir Michaeli
Head of the Education Department, Undergraduate Department
His PH.D thesis:"People for tomorrow: The New Israeli Communal Groups-Intentional Communities or Signs of Labor Movement revival" conducted at Tel Aviv University.
In the past was the general manager of an Israeli Youth Movement and graduated at The Mandel Institute for Educational Leadership. He has published various articles focusing on social actual and theoretical aspects of education.