My first degree was in cultural anthropology, and I took this interest with me through my ten-year career as an elementary school teacher in Canada. My MA and then Ed.D degrees allowed me to further explore culture and education and the relations between them, and to develop my skills as a qualitative researcher. Living and working in multicultural, multi-religious Israel, and teaching hundreds of graduate students - native born Jewish, Muslem, Christian and Druze Israelis, as well as immigrants from Russia, France, South America and many other countries, further honed my awareness of multicultural issues and the potential of qualitative research to enhance intercultural understanding. I have conducted studies among many of these groups, and became especially interested in the Druze culture, about which I published a number of articles together with a Druze research partner.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Qualitative research methods, religious education, development of teachers' professional knowledge, Druze culture, school and classroom culture
Hiking, cultural study, my grandchildren