Spirituality in Education

Years of Activity: 2013

Research Status:

Not Active

Tzvi Berger, Aviva Berkovich Ohana, Eitan Chikli, Prima Elbaz Louvish, Oren Ergaz, Amir Freeman, Paul Charles Fuchs, Hagit Hacohen Wolf, Yotam Hotam, Michal Muszkat-Barkan, Mariana Ruah-Midbar, Pninit Russo-Netzer, Nimrod Scheinmann, Yeshayahu Tadmor, Eli Winokur

The Spirituality in Education research group was established jointly by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, the Center for Jewish Education at the University of Haifa, and the Tali Education Fund. The group conducts systematic and thorough discussions of questions arising from the attempt to introduce aspects of spirituality into the education system and of fundamental questions regarding the definition of the field: What do we mean when we talk about spirituality in education? What are its limits? What is legitimate and what is not, and how is this determined? The group also discusses various ways of approaching spirituality and examines them with the most advanced research tools available. The group is following, consistently and critically, the development of the programs promoted by the Institute for Applied Research for Enhancement of the Spirit and Spirituality in Education. The group also takes part in designing models based on empirical data for spiritual intervention in the Israeli education system and is conducting a comprehensive evaluation of the way in which the models are implemented and the extent of their influence on the totality of activity in the school.