To sum up, Jewish educational research sits at a crossroads between educational scholarship and Judaic studies. From the perspective of educational studies, it is unique in its concern for the transmission of Jewish culture, which has not heretofore been the subject of much systematic investigation. From the perspective of Judaic studies, it is unique in its concern for the education of youth, which has been traditionally banned from the departments of religion, philosophy, history, or the Near East where Judaic studies has come to take place within American universities. As such, it ought to address issues of both educational and Jewish concern through the examination of conceptual, empirical, normative, and pedagogic questions within both formal and informal educational settings. Done well, it ought to enrich the intellectual lives of both education and Judaic faculties. It should also contribute to the improvement of how we transmit Jewish culture, indeed, of how we transmit culture altogether.
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* This study was commissioned by the Stanford School of Education and was funded by a grant from The Wexner Foundation. The author is grateful to Lee Shulman, David Rosenhan, Arnie Eisen, Debbie Kerdeman, Isa Aron, and Elliot Dorff and a fruitful conversation that contributed much to it. These individuals have not endorsed any portion of its contents, however, the responsibility for which remains solely with the author.
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- Religious studies