The Idea program will commence in the 2018 school year at Tel Aviv Youth University. Idea is a unique, innovative research program in the humanities and social sciences, for gifted students of high school age, which will allow its participants to integrate into the forefront of academic research in these areas.
The program was formulated with the aim to meet the unique needs of gifted students, by enriching their knowledge in the humanities and social sciences, exposing them to high level academic research in these areas, and providing them with the requisite skills to independently formulate and carry out research at an academic level.
This program will allow the students to gain experience in various learning frameworks, and to complete an independent research paper in the humanities and social sciences at the 5-unit matriculation level, while being provided with professional guidance and support.
The program is intended for graduates of 9th grade, and will be run under a two-year model over the course of 10th and 11th grades. The program will comprise four stages:
An initial summer camp at the end of 9th grade
A first research year during 10th
A second summer camp at the end of 10th
A second research year during 11th
The Idea program will be run in a unique format combining group instruction and mentoring, and individual subject tutoring. Each group will be assigned a coordinating mentor, who will meet with the students in a weekly workshop. These workshop sessions will demonstrate the various stages of the research process, and introduce them to the considerations that accompany these stages.
The workshops will be devoted to the study of the critical methods that serve for analysis and interpretation of issues in fields such as economics, sociology, history, archeology, philosophy, political science, international relations, literature, and so on. In addition, the students will meet with subject tutors – specialists within their chosen area of research. The combination of a group mentor and an individual/subject tutor will provide the students with the tools to carry out all stages of their research.