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. Selected publicationsPeer-Reviewed Journals:Goldman, D., Pe’er, S., & Yavetz, B. (2020). Sociocultural anchors for incorporating sustainability in youth movements: Comparison among secular, religious, and ultraorthodox movements. The Journal of Environmental Education, 51(3), 183-199.Goldman, D., Pe’er, S., & Yavetz, B. (2017). Environmental literacy of youth movement members – is environmentalism a component of their social activism? Environmental Education Research, 23 (4), 486-514.Peer-Reviewed book Chapter:Pe'er, S., Goldman, D., & Yavetz, B. (2020) Sustainability in youth movements: snapshot, challenges, and action directions. In: N. Michaeli & G. Gertel (Eds.), Youth movements in Israel: A hundred years of distinctive education (pp. 183-205). Tel Aviv: Mofet Institute & Youth Movements Council. (in Hebrew)Conference Proceedings:Herscu-Kluska, R., Pe'er, S., & Shafir, S. (2019). The study of science courses among third age learners. Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the ESREA network Research on Education and Learning of Older Adults (ELOA). University of the Algarve, Faro, Portugal [11-13 October 2018 (pp. 157-170)].
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.Her recent publications:Peer-Reviewed Journals:Simha, P., Barton, M. A., Perez-Mercado, L. F., McConville, J. R., Lalander, C., Magri, M. E., Dutta, S., Kabir, H., Selvakumar, A., Zhou, X ., Martin, T., Kizos, T., Kataki, R., Gerchman, Y., Herscu-Kluska, R., Alrousan, D., Goh, G., Elenciuc, D., Głowacka, A., Korculanin, L., Tzeng, R.V., Ray, S.S., Niwagaba, C., Prouty, C., Mihelcic, J. R., & Vinnerås, B. (2021). Willingness among food consumers to recycle human urine as crop fertiliser: Evidence from a multinational survey. Science of the Total Environment, 765, 144438.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144438.Herscu-Kluska, R., Pe'er, S., & Shafir, S. (2019). The study of science courses among third age learners. Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the ESREA network Research on Education and Learning of Older Adults (ELOA). University of the Algarve, Faro, Portugal [11-13 October 2018 (pp. 157-170)].
Nurit Gur-Yaish is a senior lecturer at Oranim Academic College of Education. She received her Ph.D. in human development from Cornell University and was a post-doctorate fellow at the center for research and study of aging at Haifa University. Dr. Gur-Yaish's research is about close relationships and how they affect functioning, health, and well-being across the life span. She teaches in Oranim courses related to developmental psychology and research. Dr. Gur-Yaish is a member of the Israeli Gerontological SocietySelected publicationsGur-Yaish, N., Tonkikh, O., Shadmi, E., & Zisberg, A. (2019). Informal support for older adults is negatively associated with walking and eating during hospitalization. Geriatric Nursing, 40(3), 264-268. DOI: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2018.11.003. Gur-Yaish, N., Cohen, D., & Shochat, T. (2020). Attachment orientations and sleep patterns: The moderating role of exchanges with spouse. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 37(4), 1282-1295. DOI: 10.1177/0265407519892700. Gur-Yaish, N., Shulyaev, K., & Zisberg, A. (2020). Moderating role of attachment orientation in the association between the level of depressive symptoms and informal support among hospitalized older adults. Clinical Gerontologist, 1-9. DOI: 10.1080/07317115.2020.1725702.