#throwbackthursday: First Encounters with Israel: Pre-Post Study of Eighth Grade Trips to Israel

December 20, 2018 | News

As part of our ten-year anniversary celebration, we are participating in the popular social media trend “Throwback Thursday” by sharing a report from some of Rosov’s earliest work on our website and social media. In Rosov Consulting’s early days, sharing findings with the greater field was not a priority, so we are using this as a chance to “resurface” important research and analysis that we conducted that might not have received the audience it warranted. See all of our #throwbackthursday posts here.

For our final #throwbackthursday of the year, we are sharing a never-before-seen study that we conducted on behalf of the Jewish Agency for Israel on eighth grade trips to Israel.

This study, “First Encounters with Israel: A Picture Coming into Focus,” was a spin-off of sorts to The AVI CHAI Foundation’s study, “Hearts and Minds: Israel in North American Day Schools.” Students were surveyed for Hearts and Minds right before many of them went on their Israel trips. First Encounters picks up where Hearts and Minds left off in that regard, by conducting post-trip surveys as well. The result is substantive data that provide some answers to a big question: If and how middle school students’ self-understanding and their connections to Israel are changed by participating in their school’s short-term educational trip to Israel. The findings are deeply informative and fascinating, and relevant to nearly anyone engaged in Jewish and Israel education. We are happy to share the study now.

View the Report:

First Encounters with Israel: A Picture Coming into Focus