The Integrative-Operational Model: An Eclectic Approach For Diversity Training

By Yehuda Bar Shalom, Khansaa Diab and Anna Rousseau.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This article describes how an eclectic model has been successful in lowering stereotypes among students from different religions, nationalities, gender and political affiliations. In this article we present findings from workshops that utilized the integrative-operational model. This model comprises several dimensions, so that the group facilitator can decide when to focus on the interpersonal relations among the group members; when to concentrate the group in tasks promoting change in the participants themselves, between them, and in the microcosm they represent; and when to focus more clearly on the conflict between the group identities of the participants in order to secure the changes that the conflict between the identities seeks to engender. The integrative-operational model seeks meaningful channels of activities for all the groups involved in the encounter. By using this model, the facilitators strived to be role models for future teachers that will have to deal with sensitive matters in the increasingly complex multicultural Israeli school setting.

Keywords: Multicultural Education, Coexistence Workshops, Multi Ethnic Contact, Diversity Education

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.117-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 581.168KB).

Prof. Yehuda Bar Shalom

Chair, Education Department, The David Yellin College of Education, 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 a course on 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).

Dr. Khansaa Diab

Head of Practicioner Guidance, Management, The David Yellin College of Education, Jerusalem, Israel

Lecturer and Researcher in Education and multicultural Education. Facilitator in cross cultural settings.

Dr. Anna Rousseau

Head of the College, The David Yellin College of Education, Jerusalem, Israel

Dr. Anna Rousseau is Head of the David Yellin College of Education.


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