An experience of action research in Arab-Israeli schools


The hypotheses discussed herein are based on both Lewin’s theory and, in view of their mutual affinity, Gramsci’s ideas: in particular the role of school in the struggle for cultural hegemony. The research and results obtained support the validity of the theories forming the reference framework. What emerge are both the contradictions arising in a conflictual situation, and the possibility for school to be not only a place of conflict but, above all, of collaboration.

DOI Code: 10.1285/i24212113v6i2-1p20

Keywords: action research, Lewin, Gramsci, dropout, Arab-Israeli chools


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