The Lifelong Learning Research group led by Dr. Sara Pe'er is comprised of two active and one retired Oranim faculty members. Their interest is lifelong learning and teaching in a wide age spectrum, including older adults.
• To promote the knowledge about teaching courses on lifelong learning • To understand the impact of participating in courses about lifelong learning • To understand the ecology of older adults’ educational centers • To understand the professional needs of teachers of the adult.
• Developing and evaluating a lifelong learning course for pre-service and in-service teachers• Examining teachers' self-efficacy in teaching adults• Examining ageism among students' teachers, teachers in K-12 and adult's teachers• Identifying the needs of managers of older adults' teachers and centers in Israel• Developing teacher training courses for older adults' teachers
Sara Pe'er is a retired senior lecturer in biology and science education at Oranim Academic College of Education. She taught botany, ecology, environmental science and research in science education in graduate, undergraduate and in-service programs until 2019. She received her Ph.D. in plant pathology from Bar- Ilan University and was a post-doctorate fellow at the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research interests focus on education for sustainability, older adults' education and ultra-orthodox teaching in higher education.
Ronit Herscu-Kluska is a lecturer in chemistry and science education at Oranim Academic College of Education.
She received her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Ben-Gurion University. Dr. Herscu-Kluska's research interests focus on teaching and learning chemistry and science across life from early childhood to the third age and older adults' education. She teaches in Oranim courses related to STEM and research, in graduate, undergraduate and in-service programs. Dr. Herscu-Kluska is a member of the Israel Chemical Society, EARLI and EAPRIL.
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Edna Nahon Crystal is a lecturer in the Department of Science and the Department of Science Teaching at Achva Academic College. She received her PhD on "Characterization of Ho Endonuclease and Design of Targeted Endonucleases" from Ben Gurion University.
Edna was part of a group who studies VDAC1 protein which responsible for the life and death of the cell. At the recent years Edna's research interests focus on making complex science accessible to different ages, integrative learning of literature and science, and multiculturalism.
Hayak M., Nahon Crystal E., and Segev Y. (in press). Multiculturalism in teacher training: The Israeli case. Israel Affairs.
Verma A., Shteinfer-Kuzmine A., Kamenetsky N., Pittala S., Paul A., Nahon Crystal E., Ouro A., Chalifa-Caspi V., Kumar Pandey S., Monsengo A., Vardi N., Knafo S., and Shoshan-Barmatz V. (2022). Targeting the overexpressed mitochondrial protein VDAC1 in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease protects against mitochondrial dysfunction and mitigates brain pathology. Translational Neurodegeneration 11(1), 58. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40035-022-00329-7
Shoshan-Barmatz V., Anand, U., Nahon- Crystal E., Di Carlo, M. & Shteinfer-Kuzmine, A. (2021). Adverse effects of metformin from diabetes to COVID-19, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and aging: is VDAC1 a common target? Frontiers in Physiology, 12:730048. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2021.730048
Shoshan-Barmatz V., Nahon-Crystal E., Shteinfer-Kuzmine A. & Gupta R. (2018) VDAC1, mitochondrial dysfunction, and Alzheimer's disease. Pharmacological Research 131, 87-101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phrs.2018.03.010