About the Kishurim Group
The "Kishurim" Group, composed of researchers in the fields of education, psychology and cognition, as well as of teachers and experts in the development and implementation of computerized systems for educational purposes, has been active during the last years in the framework of the School of Education and of the Research Institute for Innovation in Education of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Group, under the leadership of Prof. Baruch Schwarz and under the direction of Reuma De Groot and Raul Drachman, specializes in the development of new pedagogical methods for computer-supported learning environments and in the associated research. The Group's current endeavors focus on the development of additional tools and learning environments and on disseminating – especially through training programs – best practices to empower teachers with the necessary skills to be prepared for the "classroom of the future".
In the last few years, the Group has concentrated on the study of different ways to combine dialogue, argumentative interaction and critical thinking in class. The members of the Group have been working in coordination with teachers and pedagogical developers with the aim of adapting the research results obtained to the actual needs of the school environment.
The Group has coordinated and participated in various R&D and implementation projects – in Europe and in South America – and has also run several teacher training cycles featuring its methodologies and tools.
In 2009, the Kishurim Group launched an international initiative – SCIPIENS – intended to promote science education globally and in developing countries in particular. SCIPIENS approaches science education from a special perspective, in which the science content is learned in conjunction with the acquisition of "life skills", which are associated with the learners' attitudes toward, creativity, curiosity, critical thinking; dialogue; tolerance, pluralism; oral and written expression; abstraction, search for reasons; team work; leadership, concern for the community; etc.