Ford Foundation Grant of $100,000 Given to Ncjw Research Institute

The Ford Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to support Israeli research on educating the disadvantaged. The money will be used for five projects by the National Council of Jewish Women’s Research Institute in Israel (NCJW) which is devoted to the education of disadvantaged children and youth. Announcement of the grant was made here today by Shirley I. Leviton president of NCJW.

Among the projects the grant supports are a compendium of all major Israeli research projects on the education of the disadvantaged; a comparative study of tutorial systems in Israel, Europe and America; a monograph on the effectiveness of ability grouping in education for the disadvantaged; a study of the impact of the climate of schools on the performance of disadvantaged students; and the development of science curricula in physics, also for the disadvantaged. The Ford Foundation funds are an extension of a two-year. $200,000 grant awarded in 1977.

Prof. Chaim Adler, director of NCJW’s Research Institute, noted that of six Israeli proposed projects awarded Ford Foundation grants, five are NCJW affiliated. “One of the most exciting projects to be undertaken.” Adler explained, “is the study of all of the major reports on the education of the disadvantaged that have come out of Israel. Research will attempt to derive a general picture of the knowledge and data Israel has in this area. The project will culminate in an international seminar and, hopefully, in a book.” All projects will be completed next year.

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