Seeing the Child: An Assessment of a Psycho-social Teacher Training Approach

By Yehuda Bar Shalom.

Published by The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum

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This article presents findings from a study that used qualitative and quantitative measures in order to assess the quality of instruction in an innovative teacher training program at the David Yellin Teacher Training College in Jerusalem. The program aims to prepare future teachers to deal effectively with the emotional and educational needs of students in processes of risk and dropout. The researcher engaged in in-depth interviews with students and staff members, as well with comparative interviews with students and staff from a similar college who did not train its teachers with this approach. An identical questionnaire was administered in both colleges. It was found that indeed, the training at the David Yellin College prepared students effectively to work with at risk students. The future teachers felt that they have tools to penetrate the sometimes closed and confined world of at risk students. The questionnaires also showed significant differences, in favor of the David Yellin students, in the psychological and pedagogical readiness areas. We conclude that the psycho-social approach at the Yellin College seems to train educators to take into account societal, familial, and cultural aspects of each child’s learning style and capacity.

Keywords: Assessment of Training Program, Psychosocial Approach, Teacher Training

International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp.9-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 253.399KB).

Prof. Dr. Yehuda Bar Shalom

Dean of Students, College Management, The David Yellin College of Education, Jerusalem, Israel, Israel

Prof. Bar Shalom has undertaken research in the following topics: social entrepreneurship, psychosocial approaches in education, Arab-Jewish relations, Jewish identity, religious and secular encounter in Israel, relations between ethnic groups in Israel, Jewish identity, Israel-Diaspora relations, and multicultural education. He served as Chair of Education and is currently Dean of Students at the David Yellin College in Jerusalem. He also teaches at the Overseas School of Tel Aviv University.