The qualitative study “Antisemitism in Everyday Daily (School) Life – How Jewish Families and Young Adults Experience and Deal With It” examines how antisemitism manifests itself in schools and how it is perceived and classified by (former) students and families. The implementation of the study and the publication of the research report was funded by the federal program “Demokratie leben!” (Live Democracy!) with support from JDC. A scientific advisory board accompanied the study’s implementation.
The qualitative study “Antisemitism in Everyday (School) Life – How Jewish Families and Young Adults Experience and Deal With It” (2017-2019) was conducted by the research department of the Competence Centre in cooperation with the Social Pedagogy Department of the Free University Berlin under the direction of Marina Chernivsky and Dr. Friederike Lorenz with research assistance by Johanna Schweitzer. The study’s implementation was funded by the federal program “Demokratie leben!” (Live Democracy!) ” with the friendly support of JDC.
The study addresses the question of how antisemitism manifests itself in schools and how it is perceived and classified by (former) students and families with school-age children. The study design follows the principles of interpretative social research (Rosenthal 2015). One focus is on the context of school as well as assessments and evaluations of the social situation with regard to antisemitism. In interviews, participants also reflect on issues of Jewish identity and parental roles in dealing with antisemitism.
The following research questions guided the study:
- What experiences do Jewish adolescents and their families have in schools and in their everyday lives?
- How safe do they feel with regard to antisemitism and how do they describe how they deal with it?
- How do they see antisemitism being dealt with in society in general and in schools in particular?
- Where do they see needs with regard to how antisemitism is dealt with?
The research report was published on 10 February 2021.
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