The MOFET Institute is a center for the research and development of programs in teacher education and teaching in the colleges. The Institute constitutes a unique framework in Israel and worldwide for preparing teacher educators and supporting their professional development.
Dr. Michal Golan, Head of The MOFET InstituteThe MOFET Institute, which was established by the Department of Teacher Education in the Ministry of Education in 1983, is a Ministryfunded non-profit organization. It was established in the belief that the teacher education profession had its own unique components and as a result of the fact that the profession lacked research and practical knowledge as well as study settings whose objective was to respond directly to the needs of the teacher educators. This perception has defined the activity of the Institute since its inception.
Every year, thousands of teacher educators who teach both in the 26 academic colleges of education and in non-academic educational institutions visit The MOFET Institute. The Institute's staff members are recruited from the colleges and universities.
The MOFET Institute's mission is to serve as a professional meeting-place for teacher educators and to facilitate an educational dialog among colleagues both in the teacher education system and in other settings in the education system. The professional encounters afford an exchange of opinions, a broadening of knowledge, and collaborative study; teacher educators' specialization and professional, personal and group development; the creation and dissemination of professional knowledge regarding the significance of teacher education, its patterns of action and its meanings; the initiation and development of system-wide directions and projects in teacher education and in fields of research and educational enterprise.
The MOFET Institute aspires to raise the standard of education by improving teacher education and preparing teacher educators to face the most demanding challenges of the rapidly-changing modern world – a situation that requires them to adapt constantly to changing environments.
Modes of operationA school for professional development
The aim of the studies in the school's specialization tracks is to consolidate the teachers' professional perception and furnish them with essential tools for their work in the colleges. In addition to the regular tracks, unique programs are devised in response to the needs that arise in teacher education and in the education system.
Writing in teacher education
The range of writing channels at The MOFET Institute aims to encourage the teacher educators to transform their personal theoretical and practical knowledge into public knowledge that is available to the community of educators in the colleges and in the field.
The Institute also publishes a refereed academic journal, Dapim, which focuses on the theory, research and practice of teacher education as well as on its development.
Research in teacher education
The Research Authority, the Intercollegiate Research Committee and the Interest Group for Qualitative Research have set themselves the goal of promoting research conducted by the teaching staff in the colleges and at The MOFET Institute in order to raise the standard of teacher education and improve the status and image of the colleges, the teacher educators and the teachers.
The integration of technology into education and teaching
MOFET promotes the integration of advanced technologies into teaching and learning, teaching contents and tools for improving teaching.
The Information and Communications Centers
- The Information Center houses databases of materials and documents that are unique to teacher education and available to teacher educators. The center runs three academic portals: an academic content portal, a portal for Jewish education and 'MASA' – a Hebrew-language portal.
- The Communications Center provides communication services and develops state-of-the-art teaching technologies for the benefit of individuals as well as academic institutions.
Intercollegiate encounters for the teacher educators' professional development are held at The MOFET Institute in various settings and in a range of fields. During these encounters, the colleagues clarify shared topics, discuss various research studies, formulate standpoints in the field of teacher education, and so on.
In the light of the growing international interest in the unique MOFET model, the Institute has opened an International Channel that is in contact with institutions in countries throughout the world as well as with the Jewish Diaspora. The aim is to make the knowledge that has accumulated at MOFET in the field of teacher education available for the professional development of teacher educators. Knowledge sharing occurs both during face-to-face encounters in Israel and abroad and in online settings.