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State educational policy and curriculum: The case of Palestinian Arabs in Israel


Ismael Abu-Saad 
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev 
abusaad@bgu.ac.il

 

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Abstract

The state educational system in Israel reflects the declared character of the state as a 'Jewish state', and, consequently, the deep inter-group divisions in society, including a large Palestinian Arab minority. This study demonstrates how Israeli educational policy and curriculum are designed to support the Jewish nation-building project. As such, they silence the Palestinian Arab narrative while reshaping regional history for both Jewish and Arab students to fit the Zionist narrative. Furthermore, Israeli educational policy has played an essential role in consigning Palestinian Arabs to the social, economic and political margins of Israeli society. 

Educational policy, curriculum, Palestinian Arabs, Israel, minorities

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Abu-Saad, I. (2006). State educational policy and curriculum: The case of Palestinian Arabs in Israel. International Education Journal, 7 (5), 709-720.
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