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Anat Zohar


Social Science

Field of Study


Home Institution

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

This project will examine a national-scale pedagogical transformation from an emphasis on rote learning toward an emphasis on deep understanding and higher order thinking. The project will analyze several converging factors through the lens of the Israeli school system: political, global, ideological, as well as current theories in the domain of learning and instruction, investigating how what actually takes place in schools is affected by the interplay of these factors. Examples of specific topics will include: The relationships among the paradigm of 'Learning to Think' , school autonomy and the need for accountability and standards; Learning to think and Civic Education; Ways to achieve sustainable educational change in the context of 'Learning to think' ; and Global effects on national trends - tracing the effects of the PISA and TIMSS international tests on the Israeli national curricula in relation to literacy and higher order thinking.

Dates at IAS

School of Social Science


Hebrew University of Jerusalem