Learning about Another Culture: Project and Curricular Reflections

Ada Spitzer, Annemarie Kesselring, Carol Ravid, Batya Tamir, Michal Granot, Rivka Noam

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Over the past two years, an innovative collaborative project in the care of Ethiopian Jews who immigrated to Israel has been carried out. In this project, both students and faculty joined in activities of research and practice through a clinic at a trailer court that houses 96 Ethiopian immigrant families. This project brought about several favorable changes: a) Health of the underprivileged and underserved was enhanced through bi-weekly services provided to the poor and sick trailer court inhabitants; b) An educational program for learning in a cross-cultural community setting was developed. This curricula advanced recognition of the growing cultural and racial diversity of both individual and family lifestyles, as well as allowed for learning events that are based on substantive contact with, or participation by, persons at health risk; c) An educational milieu that fosters the use of research-based interventions was developed. This article describes the cross-cultural educational project which was designed as a pilot for a new baccalaureate program in nursing, and critiques it based on the criteria of the five major concepts - primacy of the teacher-student relationship, social responsibility, centrality of caring, interpretive stance and theoretical pluralism, proposed by the promoters of the "curriculum revolution.".

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-328
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Education


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