Change and Preservation in Life Stories of Bedouin Students

  • Anat Kainan Kaye College of Education Beer Sheva
  • Michal Rozenberg Kaye College of Education Beer Sheva
  • Miri Munk Kaye College of Education Beer Sheva
Keywords: life stories, Bedouins, minority, assimilation, mobility, teacher education, education

Abstract

This paper deals with the life stories of one specific group—Bedouin students in a teachers' education college, and investigates the reason for their success where others have failed. The Bedouin students are a minority and have studied in an educational system suffering a high drop out rate from school. Nevertheless, they managed to overcome many hardships and gain entrance to a college. The article claims that these students' ability to strike a balance between preservation of the culture from which they come, and a selective adoption of Western culture, is the key to their success. Life stories of five students were analyzed. Life stories were used because they are a powerful method for revealing covert personal and cultural assumptions of the narrators. Based on these stories, the paper will present a description of these students, the place of their family, their life as a traditional minority society within a Western majority, and the place of education in their lives. We believe that understanding the success of these students can enlighten us regarding Bedouin students in particular and minority students in general. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs060179

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Author Biographies

Anat Kainan, Kaye College of Education Beer Sheva
Anat KAINAN is the Head of the Research Department at Kaye College of Education. Her research interests are in teacher education and text analysis.
Michal Rozenberg, Kaye College of Education Beer Sheva
Michal ROZENBERG is a lecturer of Literature and Judaism and is a researcher at the Research Department at Kaye College of Education.
Miri Munk, Kaye College of Education Beer Sheva
Miri MUNK is the Head of the Evaluation Unit at Kaye College of Education. Her research interests are in life story analysis and in evaluation.
Published
2006-01-31
Section
Single Contributions