I'm playing around with the idea of creating a new construct within Problem Based Learning called Problem Based Jewish Learning (PBJL)?
What is PBJL?
Problem Based Jewish Learning (PBJL) or Problem Based Learning from a Judaic Studies perspective is a particular instructional approach to implementing Jewish Integrated Experience Education (JIEE) . It involves engaging students in the investigation of a real problem or issue facing the Jewish people (e.g. the existence of Israel, terrorism, Judaic literacy, anti-semitism, acculturation, poverty, alcoholism, etc.) collecting and analyzing print and web resources, primary sources, plus empirical data, presenting and disseminating their conclusions or solutions to the problem studied. Ultimately students create a web-based Judaic knowledge product (i.e. movie, poster, audio recording, graphic organizer, multi-media presentation, power point presentation, etc.) which is shared with others on the internet.
Does this construct, PBJL, make sense to you?
The Jewish problem that students can investigate could relate to a local school issue (e.g.dealing with clicks, showing respect for members of the school community,etc.) or a community issue (e.g. helping the poor and infirm, providing food for those in need, etc.).
Moreover, it would be interesting to have students do some action research which involves:
1. Investigating what the literature and other authorities say about solving the (Jewish) problem selected.
2. Selecting one or more approaches to solving the problem.
3. Implementing the approach or approaches selected.
4. Recording the implementation plan.
5. Sharing the results
Ideally the results of this action research would be shared via a web-based medium like a blog, wiki,power point presentation, movie, audio files, etc.
If interested in implementing Problem Based Jewish Learning and using the action research model, please contact me at rdsolomonphd@gmail. I would be delighted to assist you.
For what ages do you see this being successful?
Thank you for your inquiry. I suspect the application of action research under the umbrella of Problem Based Jewish Learning could take place with certain middle and high school students.
I wonder how you and the other members of our CoP would answer your question.