"LISTEN TO THE VOICE OF THE OTHER": ACADEMIC INTERVENTION PROGRAM FOR DEVELOPMENT SOCIAL AWARENESS FOR STUDENT- TEACHERS
Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and Art (ISRAEL)
The lecture introduces and examines the educational program "The Voice of the Other." The program has grown as part of a perception that examines the role of teacher training in the Israeli social - educational sphere; This in light of the social reality, issues and dilemmas that link education and society in the neo-liberal era in which we live. The program tries to strengthen the socio-political dimension in the teacher training process and instill among student teachers a sense of active social commitment.
The program includes participation in experiential learning that combines authentic encounters with the Other in the back yard and theoretical discourse as a creation of new knowledge.
1. What is the impact of the program, "The Voice of the Other" on the attitudes of the students teachers towards the Other?
2. What is the impact of the specific tools of this program to the process that the students undergo?.
3. What was the impact of the program on students in a professional level?
This research combines qualitative and quantitative research. Both researches examine the change in students' attitudes towards the Other and the process that the students undergo during the program.
The findings indicate significant changes in students' attitudes towards the Other. Many students reported that were underwent a significant process in which they became more aware and critical of the reality of life, the education system and its preferences and of themselves as citizens. The research also found a strong effect of experiential learning on the development of insight and social awareness.