Research

The Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education’s (MCSJE) faculty and community of affiliated scholars conduct research that promotes a deeper understanding of learners and learning in Jewish education. These projects ask critical questions, challenge assumptions, explore the dynamics of Jewish educational settings, and provide practitioners with foundational learnings which can inform pedagogic and curricular decision-making.

MCSJE is committed to sharing its findings more broadly with other scholars and practitioners in an effort to strengthen the field of Jewish education scholarship. To that end, information about both current and past MCSJE research can be found on the website.

We welcome inquiries from scholars about Mandel Center financial and staff support for research that supports the Center’s vision to study teaching and learning in Jewish education.

To inquire about Mandel Center support for a project, please email Shani Winton.

Current Research

How American Jewish elementary school students think and feel about Israel, and how that thinking changes over time.

How various religious traditions think, write and talk about the goals of educating within those traditions.

Book project bringing together 14 scholarly chapters that examine what we know about the teaching and learning in Jewish day schools.

An investigation into the history of Jewish day schools in America since their beginning in the early 20th century – the origins of the idea of modern Jewish day schools, why they have developed as they have, and whether they are likely to be sustainable in the future.

What happens when Jewishly-identified visitors participate in Jewish cultural arts experiences. What do they learn about themselves, and about Judaism as a communal experience? How are they changed by what they see, touch, hear or taste?

Exploring the concept of Jewish literacy, its outcomes and assumptions.

With the rapid increase in online Jewish learning, this research investigates the implications of synchronous, online teaching and learning for the future of Jewish education.

A book project on learning experiences of contemporary Jewish adults and what occurs in a range of educational environments.

Lab for Brandeis students to develop social scientific research skills, as they participate in a range of collaborative empirical studies focused on how children read and understand sacred texts.