Dialogue and "distance": Cognitive-developmental theories and the teaching of Talmud
Publication Date: January 2004
Publisher(s): Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education
Series: Jewish Education News
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Jewish text; Jewish education; Jewish content
Coverage: United States
The authors argue that there is educational value in presenting the argumentative and often contradictory Talmud to students as it is, rather than opting for curricula that explain away the difficulties. The style of the Talmud is not only consistent with a particular theological perspective on "truth," but also with what we know to be an important cognitive process.