Judges' Considerations for Awarding the Prize
"Prof. Miriam Ben-Peretz is among the well-known Israeli researchers in the study of teaching and curriculum design and the study of teacher education and professional development. Her studies in these areas have had a significant impact in Israel and abroad, and she is now regarded as a leading authority in the areas of her study.
In the field of curriculum planning, Prof. Ben-Peretz has developed the concept of "curricular potential" and investigated the interaction between teachers and curriculum. She pointed to new directions in curricular research and integrated curricular planning theories and teaching theories. Prof. Ben-Peretz published unique articles and research reports, among other concerning school curricula and programs in the collective education, as well as Jewish education.
Prof. Ben-Peretz's research, concerning the professional development of teachers and ways of their professional thinking, have been published in numerous articles and a book about the process of professional knowledge acquisition and the role of memory in this process. These works are pioneering in the field of combining research on memory and research on teaching and teachers' development in an historical perspective. Prof. Ben-Peretz has greatly impacted the way we currently think about curriculum, instruction, and teacher training. Her writing has sharpened these issues and presented detailed examples of how teachers and teacher educators interpret their work and create educational opportunities for their students.
One of the most outstanding and important qualities of Prof. Ben-Peretz as a researcher is her ability to bridge the gap between theory and practice and between research areas are different from each other, yet are interrelated and influence each other. Her studies are always anchored to concrete problems of educational practice, and produce solutions that can be applied. She combines scientific ability, imagination and creativity with practical wisdom. Along with her research work, Miriam Ben-Peretz has fulfilled public-academic roles: President of Tel Hai College, Chairman of the Committee for determining the five-year plan for the Arab sector, Chairman of the Committee on Reform in Teacher Education and more. Each of these roles contributed to the establishment and improvement of the educational system in Israel.
Miriam Ben-Peretz's contributions bare a significant influence on the thinking and policies in education, both in Israel and abroad. Prof. Ben-Peretz has contributed to the educational system in Israel with her profound insights, her original studies and her leadership ability, and has brought great honor to Israel in the field of educational research.
Prof. Ben-Peretz provided generations of students who hold important positions today in research and teaching at universities, colleges and the educational system.
For all those reasons we recommend that Prof. Miriam Ben-Peretz be awarded with the Israel Prize in educational research in the year 2006. "
(Source: Ministry of Education, Israel Prize Division)