Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) / History

History as a major is taught in the Humanities Program for Secondary Schools and in the program for teachers in Special Education frameworks.


“To question, to wonder, is to begin to understand. These are the prerogatives of the intellectual. Typically, he views the world with wide open eyes, filled with amazement. Everything in the world appears wonderful and amazing to these wide open eyes.”
(Jose Ortega y Gasset, The Revolt of the Masses, 1975, page 18).

History, in its essence, deals with stories about people. Studying history enables us to learn about ourselves, our surroundings, and the events we witness. To understand history means to understand the forces that effect human actions.

The history program at Kibbutzim College aims to present political processes involving peoples and nations as an arena in which students can become active and interested learners and undergo experiences of discovery and relevance. An important aim of the program is to develop educational leaders by broadening knowledge and encouraging a critical approach in analyzing the events of the past.

The history program invites the student to a meaningful “dialogue with the past”, to tie the past with the horizons of the future, a dialogue that implies an “encounter” with inner music of “the other”. (quoted from “Historical Dialogues with the Past” written by Professor Eyal Nave and Dr. Esther Yogev)

The goals that the History Department wishes to achieve:

A. Overall Objective---The Ideal Graduate

1. A graduate with broad horizons, with intellectual curiosity, original ideas, a creative approach who strives for excellence and perfection.
2. An independent thinker, confident, an eager scholar, with cognitive skills and the ability and motivation to achieve in the field of history and education.
3. A graduate with a feeling of responsibility towards the community, the society and the nation in which he lives. A humanist, an active citizen, involved and devoted to improving the community from a feeling of belonging and of respect towards others.

B. Objectives in the field of historical research, the teaching of history and in the field of education.

1. To develop and nurture a love of history in students who view the study of history, research and teaching as an essential element in the realization of their ambitions and the development of their personalities.
2. To develop and nurture a love of education and encourage students to see education as a mission and as a path towards their personal development.
3. To create bridges and focal points pregnant with meaning to aid the students in acquiring the knowledge and the skills of their new profession.
4. To enable practice in the use of the knowledge and the skills necessary to understand history and to teach it.
5. To learn to use “tools of the trade” of the historian, the teacher, and the educator, such as the internet archive, teaching methodologies, the interview, individual encounters with students.
6. To develop students’ abilities to delve into the past with critical understanding of the essentials, how they developed and the relevance of the many theories and historical approaches.
7. To build a personal understanding of the role and the mission of the educator.
8. To acquire expertise in planning, development and presentation of the history curriculum.
9. To develop and enhance his/her personal teaching style.