New Lessons for Educators of Jewish Adult Learners

Publication Date: January 1999

Publisher: Jewish Education Service of North America

Author(s): Diane Tickton Schuster

Research Area: Education

Keywords: Jewish identification; Informal Jewish education; Adult education; Psychology

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The author argues that Jewish educators are not prepared for the unique challenges of providing Jewish education to modern adults. This is true, she asserts, not only because modern Jews have had less childhood Jewish education than previous generations, but also because adult development is not considered in designing Jewish education programs for modern adults. Adulthood in modern times, the author explains, is not one contiguous period of life but rather contains stages and developments just like childhood. The author further explores elements and trends which affect Jewish adults in particular regarding their relationships to Judaism.

In Agenda: Jewish Education, ed. By Arthur Vernon, no. 12, Summer 1999, p. 16-21