The kindergarten in the religious kibbutz–The intersection between religious education and kibbutz education

Shulamit Hoshen Manzura, Sigal Achituv

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Abstract

The kindergarten teachers of the Religious Kibbutz movement (RK) as a unique group are connected both to the educational approaches of the kindergartens in the general Kibbutz Movement and the state religious kindergartens. A qualitative study included semi-structured interviews with 15 RK kindergarten teachers in order to explore their self-identity. The identity of the RK kindergarten was designed to be an encounter between four axes: the connection to Jewish tradition, the kibbutz community, nature and agriculture, and a constructivist approach. The study findings brought to light the RK kindergarten teachers’ unique educational approach, which includes both similarities and differences with the general kibbutz movement kindergartens and the state religious kindergartens. The study contributes to highlighting a specific group of early childhood (EC) educators, reflecting both the diverse mosaic of EC educational approaches among different groups in Israel and the potential that these groups have for enriching each other.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2023
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Israeli kindergartens
  • Jewish tradition
  • Kibbutz EC pedagogical approach
  • religious kibbutz
  • religious Zionist movement
  • state religious education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics

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