Intergenerational Challenges in Australian Jewish School Education

April 7, 2014

Source: Religious Education, Volume 109, Issue 2, pages 143-161


The aim of this research is to investigate the intergenerational changes that have occurred in Australian Jewish day schools and the challenges these pose for religious and Jewish education. Using a grounded theory approach according to the constant comparative method, data from three sources (interviews [296], observations [27], and documents) were analyzed, thus enabling triangulation.


Findings show that there is an incongruity between what the adult community defines as the central components of Jewish and religious identity, which are more particularistic, and the perspectives of Jewish youth, which are more universalistic.

Updated: May. 07, 2014