Technology & Multi-culturalism: Can technology bridge the gap between Jews and Arabs in Teacher Education?. Asmaa Ganayem Dr. Miri Shonfeld Dr. Elaine Hoter. Miri Shonfeld Head of ICT Kibutzim college. Asmaa Ganayem Head of ICT Al-Qasemi college. Elaine Hoter Head of ICT
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Technology & Multi-culturalism:Can technology bridge the gap between Jews and Arabs in Teacher Education?
Dr. Miri Shonfeld
Dr. Elaine Hoter
Head of ICT
Head of ICT
Head of ICT
Percentage of responses (N = 819; Biton, 2002).
Is it the role of a teaching college to reduce these biases among students studying in pre-service education?
Can ICT help to improve understanding among students?
We are not trying to solve the conflict or hold discussions on issues of the conflict, but we are facilitating a meeting between students on an equal basis according to the model developed with the belief that this will lead to change !
Pettigrew and Tropp’s summary of the contact hypothesis (2000) confirmed that in the right conditions, contact could reduce bias between groups.
the long term contact between groups rather than individuals, between people of equal status, supported at an institutional level and based on cooperation rather than competition.
(Shonfeld, Ganayem and Hoter, 2006)
Kibbutzim College of Education
Explanations of how to use the technologies
More than 50% of the meetings were synchronous
The studentsconnected from different places
In the middle and end of the course
Reduction in bias between groups
Face to Face end of course meeting and presentation of projects
Face to Face meeting of small groups- (discussions & collaborative work) & lecturers 4 all participants
Individual A-synchronous work
Collaborative synch. group work
Wiki (Web 2)
Forums & Blogs & synchronous platforms
High trust level
Low trust level
Video conferencing & multimedia
Low level thinking assignments
Parallel & sequential
High level thinking assignments
Levels of Thinking
Educational Technological type
Required conditions for the OICH Model
Small group cooperation & collaboration
Interaction over a year
Equality of Status
Teachers belong to the different cultural groups
The graduates of the courses lead children in schools in online multicultural projects
Online collaborative courses between students of the different colleges
collaboration for research, conferences & initiatives
To what extent can the Internet play a role in bridging between cultures and reducing bias among groups?