Ethnic Composition, School Ideology, and Boundaries Between Arab and Jewish Students

Research question/goal: 

This project examines how school factors such as ethnic composition and school ideology affect group boundaries between Arab and Jewish students in Israel, focusing on three dimensions of boundaries: social relationships and mutual attitudes, lifestyles, and collective identities. The project will collect longitudinal network data in Israel schools. Based on these data, we will address three research questions. First, how and why do group boundaries vary in schools with different ethnic composition and ideologies? Second, how do group boundaries change, captured by both age and duration in school? Finally, how do different dimensions of group boundaries such as identities, lifestyles, attitudes, and friendships affect one another?

Current stage: 

The central part of the project is the collection of longitudinal data in Israeli schools. After developing the questionnaire and selecting schools, we contacted the schools and conducted a pretest during the summer and fall 2021. Considering the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and related uncertainties and problems with data collection in schools, we decided to postpone the data collection until 2022.

Fact sheet

2020 to 2023
Data Sources: 
primary data collection
Geographic Space: