Student achievement in Israel: The challenges of ethnic and religious diversity.

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The diversity and segmentation of Israeli society are a source of many social difficulties, but also make Israel a fertile ground for research on educational achievement. Research has demonstrated how sorting and grouping mechanisms (e.g., channeling students to vocational programs) preserve educational inequality while cooperative learning may help to reduce it. Research on the educational inequalities between Arabs and Jews highlights the importance of financial allocation to educational achievement and the impediment created by diglossia. Research on the integration of immigrant students highlights the need for awareness by school administrators and teachers of the fact that educational assimilation is a long process and that different groups of immigrants may progress at different rates. Finally, while researchers and policy makers usually attempt to explain why some countries do better than others by looking at differences in education policy, a recent Israeli study showed the importance of birthrate to the understanding cross-country educational disparities. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish GB
Title of host publicationInternational guide to student achievement.
EditorsJohn Hattie, Eric M. Anderman
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
ISBN (Electronic)9780415879019, 9780415878982, 9780203850398
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameEducational psychology handbook series


  • Academic Achievement
  • Diversity
  • Religion
  • Society
  • Ethnic Diversity


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