Applied research aims to solve practical problems: researchers and practitioners in a given field conduct research on and apply their findings to a specific issue. The goal of all such research is to yield “actionable knowledge” that supports and advances practice in that field.
Currently, Jewish education lacks a robust base of useable and shareable knowledge that can inform and advance Jewish educational practice, as well as where funders invest resources. CASJE's aim is to create a collaborative relationship between the needs of practice and the goals of research, so that studies result in knowledge that is useable and widely shared among those on the front lines of Jewish education.
Practitioner involvement in key phases in the development of a research agenda (problem identification, problem formulation, action research and application of findings) is critical to the success of applied research. A "practitioner" might be defined differently in each of our areas of focus. Sometimes a practitioner is a school or camp administrator, and sometimes a classroom teacher, or program officer at a Jewish professional organization. In each case, they represent the front line in that area.
Participating in CASJE sponsored events or research projects is a meaningful contribution to the building of a more wise and robust field of Jewish education.
If you are interested in participating in a CASJE convening, working group, field experiment, or research project, contact us and we would be happy to connect with you.
I am so grateful that I was able to participate in this unique convening. It was an incredible experience to meet with so many experts from all over the spectrum and to collaborate together to generate a list of potential problems. Listening to the dialogue that ensued amongst all the participants was energizing and enlightening.