DEMO - Developing Modernized Curricula on Immigrants' Lives in Isreal

DEMO – Developing Modernized Curricula on Immigrants’ Lives in Israel

DEMO initiated and coordinated Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, aims to raise awareness to the need to teach about migrants' lives in Israeli Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The purpose is to improve the skills of professionals in applied social science disciplines (teachers, counselors, social workers etc.) so that they can better meet the needs of these populations. Moreover giving voice to migrant's we hope to promote a more inclusive and cohesive discourse in the Israeli society.  

DEMO will develop twelve courses on migrants' lives, will implement and evaluate them then disseminate them in HEIs in the country. Through the application of modernized and innovative teaching methods (project bases learning, community involvement, and the use of arts), DEMO will initiate in the students a personally significant learning process with long lasting effects.

Eleven HEIs participate in DEMO, six of them in Israel: Ben-Gurion U., Hebrew University, Bezalel Academy and Ruppin, Sakhnin and Gordon Academic centers and the five from European countries: Germany, Lithuania, Greece and Sweden. Over 50 participants, mostly academic staff and Ph.D. students are active in the project. The work in the project is collaborative and includes extensive group and individual interactions and collaborations.

Among the expected outputs of DEMO are:

  • Twelve kits of courses' curricula on various aspects of migrants' lives (adolescents, families, heath, media etc.) with demonstrational assignments and activities, presentations and lists of references – (in print and online)
  • Manuals for specific courses – courses that utilize artistic methods, or address specific populations (in print and online)
  • A collection of video clips of interviews with migrants on various aspects of their lives to serve as teaching aids (online)
  • Five kits of short teaching modules on migrant's lives to for dissemination or for demonstration of the subject in other courses. (online)
  • An internet platform with all DEMO materials accessible to teachers and students.  
  • Professional meetings (conferences, consultations, peer groups) for those who teach courses on migrant's lives in HEIs in Israel.

DEMO was launched in October 2017, and will be completed in October 2020. The project outputs will start to become available by July 2019.

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Contact person: Prof. Julia Mirsky, DEMO coordinator,

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use, which may be made of the information contained therein



Abgeschlossene Forschungsprojekte

2019 – 2020   SPiN - Studierenden-Perspektiven auf Inklusion.
2018 – 2020 Capcity-Building-Project: DEMO. Developing modernized Curricula on Immigrants' Lives.
2012 – 2018Promotionsprojekt: Essen in Kindertageseinrichtungen und Grundschulen. Eine ethnographische Studie zur Inszenierung von Frühstücken und Mittagessen in Kindertageseinrichtungen und (Gantags-)Grundschulen.
2011 – 2013 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im qualitativen Evaluationsforschungsprojekt: „Erwartungen, Praktiken und Rituale – Explorationen des Übergangs zwischen Elementar- und Primarbereich (am Beispiel von Ernährung)“ – gefördert vom BMBF und ESF, Universität Trier.
2010 – 2011Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft im quantitativ-qualitativen Evaluationsforschungs-projekt zum Projekt „TATsache“ des Bildungsfensters Trier, Universität Trier.
2010 – 2011Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft im qualitativen Evaluationsforschungsprojekt zum luxemburgischen Projekt „Stop&Go“, Universität Trier.
2009 – 2010Studentische Hilfskraft in der Forschungsgruppe „Diversity“ der Universität Trier.
2009 – 2010     Studentische Hilfskraft im qualitativen Evaluationsforschungsprojekt zum „Mittelalter-Theater-Projekt“ am Gymnasium Konz, Universität Trier.