Project Tempus DOIT

Project Tempus DOIT

Teaching in a college of teacher education, we believe that multicultural experience is especially precious for those who just in a few years will become teachers themselves, and will have to be equipped with pedagogical tools to help their own pupils to relate to others with less stereotypes, and manage to resolve conflicts in peaceful ways.

Kaye College’s Multiculturalism Center was established in 1994, acknowledging the fact that the college encompasses students coming from various nations and diverse ethnic backgrounds: Arabs from the north and Bedouins from the south, Jews, including immigrants from the former Soviet Union and from Ethiopia, secular, traditional and religious students – all dwelling under one roof during their studies.

Currently, the center offers a compulsory set of courses for all second year students.  It comprises today 10 even- numbered groups of Arabic and Hebrew speakers of about twenty students in each, who participate either in a workshop or in an academic course on the subject of cultural diversity. These weekly meetings, which take place in an intimate atmosphere, create increasing trust towards each other among the participants. This is made possible thanks to a unique method of facilitation in the workshop groups– SAME – (Synthesis of Approaches to Multicultural Encounters) which combines between the dynamic approach which focuses on the inter-personal relations among the participants in a group and the conflictual approach which focuses on controversial issues. This combined approach has yielded a remarkable withdrawal of the stereotypic attitude towards one another, and a better capability of dealing with controversial issues.

In 2012, the center became involved in the three-year TEMPUS DOIT (Development of International Model for Curricular Reform in Multicultural Education and Cultural Diversity Training) project under the auspices of the European Union. The partnership included five European countries (England, Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Estonia) and Georgia as a direct partnership, and eight academic institutions in Israel. Together, the goal was to develop a set of new courses, all pertaining to the subject of  developing better  pedagogical  tools of coping with cultural diversity in a classroom. As a result of the project, the multiculturalism center now incorporates three newly developed courses: “Identity Formation in a Multicultural Environment”, “Israel as a Multicultural Society” and “Children Rights”.

  • Development and delivery of multidisciplinary international curricula by international academic teams to enrich teaching and learning in the classroom and at home. Development of multidisciplinary studies––which promote open-minded, critical and innovative thinking––by international teams will result in glocalized (i.e., global and local) curricula that integrate global and local aspects. It is planned that the developed curricula will be supported by teaching materials to be used with modern teaching technologies such as Web2 tools, MOOCs, e-learning, webinars, videoconferencing, etc.
  • Development and implementation of international interactive online knowledge sharing hubs for subject matter experts in order to promote knowledge exchange and maintain an arena for initiation and management of joint research projects. The knowledge sharing hubs will be used by communities of practice of academic and administrative staff to streamline the international dimensions by modern applications such as social networks or file sharing utilities.
  • Development and employment of international academy-industry cooperation that will be performed with the collaboration of global companies to facilitate enhancement of the skills and employability of students in the global era. Advanced students will participate in the academy-industry joint initiatives, which will be enhanced by ICT-based tools, to acquire competencies required for global citizens.
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