The Psychosocial Approach: A Case Study in School Intervention and in Teacher Training

By Flora Mor and Yehuda Bar Shalom.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This article seeks to describe an innovative model for effective educational intervention with students in processes of risk and dropout. In the first section, Mor describes the development of this approach through ongoing dialogue with the field; in the second, Bar Shalom presents data relating to the application of this method in the framework of teacher training in the special education track at David Yellin Academic College of Education in Jerusalem.
The research shows that the new tools and strategies in this approach helped the student-teachers increase their effectiveness as care givers for at–risk school students. Mor's model may be useful for care-givers in societies with large diversity and at-risk populations. It trains educators to take into account societal, familial, and cultural aspects of each child’s learning style and capacity. The psychosocial approach can be seen as belonging to an emerging trend of school change in Israel in the context of at risk youth.

Keywords: Teacher Training, At-Risk Youth, Multiculturalism, Staff Development

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 581.567KB).

Dr. Flora Mor

Director of Program Development, Education Dept., Ashalim, JDC, Israel

Dr. Flora Mor, a psychotherapist specializing in the field of Children and Youth at risk, in her role as Area Head for Development of Educational Psycho-Social programs at Ashalim, leads the development and internalization of an educational psycho-social approach to caring for students at risk within Israeli schools, local authorities, academia and the Ministry of Education. The widespread work over the past twenty years by JDC-Israel, Ashalim and Israel's Ministry of Education to advance at-risk populations has provided fertile ground for the formulation of the approach, its research and its conceptualization in numerous articles and books.

Prof. Yehuda Bar Shalom

Chair, Education Department, The David Yellin College of Education, Jerusalem, Israel

Dr. Bar shalom has done research in the following topics:Arab Jewish relations, religious and secular encounter in Israel, changes in Israeli society, multicultural education. He serves as the Chair of Education Studies at the David Yellin College of Education and is co-founder of the Network for social entrepreneurship in conjunction with Jerusalem’s municipality. Yehuda also teaches about Jewish identity in Israel and the Diaspora at the Tel Aviv University Overseas Student Program. He is the author of “Educating Israel: Educational Entrepreneurship in Israel’s Multicultural Society”. (New York: Palgrave,2006).

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