A Life of Optimism

Selected Works of Miriam Ben-Peretz


This book presents the scholarship of Miriam Ben-Peretz, a pioneering female professor and university leader who held the highest academic honors in Israel and was an American Educational Research Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Education in the United States. With opening comments by F. Michael Connelly and an Afterword by Lee Shulman, the volume shows how Miriam Ben-Peretz continued in the academic footsteps of her advisor, Seymour Fox (Hebrew University), and his advisor, Joseph J. Schwab (University of Chicago), who also supervised Connelly and Shulman.

Some book chapters reflect the influence of Miriam Ben-Peretz’s academic lineage; some others, instead, feature her signature research; and the final chapters capture her advocacy work with the MOFET Institute, a consortium of Israeli colleges of education created by the Ministry of Education that focuses on research, curriculum, and program development for teacher educators.

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Lily Orland-Barak, Ph.D., is Professor in Education, former Dean of the Faculty of Education and present Dean of Graduate and Postgraduate Studies Authority of the University of Haifa, Israel. Her research focuses on teacher professional learning, mentoring, and discursive approaches to the study of mediated teacher learning at the workplace. In 2022, she was named an AERA Fellow.

Maria Assunção Flores, Ph.D., completed her doctoral studies at the University of Nottingham, UK and currently works at the University of Minho, Portugal. Her research interests include teacher professionalism and identity, teacher education and professional development, curriculum, assessment, leadership, and higher education. She is past Chair of the International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching and is currently co-editor of the European Journal of Teacher Education.

Ainat Guberman, Ph.D., is Head of the Research Authority at the MOFET Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel, and a council member of the International Forum of Teacher Educator Professional Development. She also is a lecturer at David Yellin College of Education, and the Hebrew University Department of Education in Jerusalem.

Cheryl J. Craig, Ph.D., is an Endowed Professor, Chair of Technology & Teacher Education, and Founding Director of the Collaborative for Innovation in Teaching Education at Texas A&M University. Her narrative inquiry research unfolds at the intersection where teaching and curriculum meet. She is an AERA Fellow and co-editor of the Journal of Teacher Education.
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PART 1: Introduction

1 Looking Back with Hope: Remembering Dr. Miriam Ben-Peretz
Lily Orland-Barak, Maria Assunção Flores and Cheryl J. Craig

2 Miriam Ben-Peretz: Window on a Scholar’s Soul
F. Michael Connelly

3 Eros and Education: Miriam Ben-Peretz’s Favorite Work
Cheryl J. Craig

PART 2: Miriam Ben-Peretz’s Schwab-Influenced Works

4 Time: The Fifth Commonplace in Curricular Deliberations
Miriam Ben-Peretz

5 The Concept of Curriculum Potential
Miriam Ben-Peretz

6 The Impossible Role of Teacher Educators in a Changing World
Miriam Ben-Peretz

PART 3: Signature Works

7 Thirty Years of School Based Curriculum Development: A Case Study
Miriam Ben-Peretz and Ben Zion Dor

8 Retired Teachers Reflect on Learning with Experience
Miriam Ben-Peretz

9 Teacher Knowledge: What Is It? How Do We Uncover It? What Are Its Implications for Schooling?
Miriam Ben-Peretz

PART 4: National and International Collaborations

SECTION 1: National Collaboration

10 Educators of Educators: Their Goals, Perceptions and Practices
Miriam Ben-Peretz, M., Sara Kleeman, Rivka Reichenberg and Sarah Shimoni

SECTION 2: International Collaborations

11 Tensions and Paradoxes in Teaching: Implications for Teacher Education
Miriam Ben-Peretz and Maria Assunção Flores

12 Intergenerational Impact of a Curriculum Enigma: The Scholarly Legacy of Joseph J. Schwab
Miriam Ben-Peretz and Cheryl J. Craig

PART 5: Conclusion

13 Developing Theory, Practice and Policymaking in Teacher Education: Ben-Peretz’s Work at the MOFET Institute
Ainat Guberman

14 My Journey in the Curriculum Field: Looking Back with Hope
Miriam Ben-Peretz

Afterword: Golden Moments: Memories of Miriam Ben-Peretz
Lee Shulman

This book will be of interest to scholars in the field of education, feminist studies, and especially to ISATT members.
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