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Ornat Turin, Head of the Media Education Department



Academic Education

2014 -   Scholar in Residence at Hadassah Brandeis Institute, Brandeis MA

2011 -  Ph.D. Department of Communication, Tel Aviv University. Dissertation title: “Changes in the Construction of Gender Portrayal of Teachers in Israeli Media—A Longitudinal Study,” under the supervision of Prof. Dafna Lemish
2000 - M.A. in Sociology, University of Haifa, Thesis title: “Israeli women’s experience of reading romantic novels,” under the supervision of Prof. Yuval Yonai


Selected Publications

• Turin, O. & Friedman, A. (2019) Media Literacy in Israel  - Wiley-Blackwell/ICA International Encyclopedias of Communication, The International Encyclopedia of Media Literacy
• Turin, O. (2019). The Gendered Portrayal of Teachers in Cinema: Pre- and post-state Israeli film from the 1930s to the 1960s, Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues
•  Turin. O. (2017) How is the Futuristic School Imagined in Science Fiction Movies and Literature? Journal of History of Education & Children’s Literature, vol. XII, n. 1, 2017
•  Turin, O. (2017). Tootsie in the Classroom: Male actors in the role of female teachers in Israeli television comedies in ISJHR- The Israeli Journal of Humor Research
• Turin, O. (2013). Where have all the Super-Teachers Gone? A comparison of the representation of teachers in the Israeli and American cinematic traditions, in Teacher: Image, Icon, Identity (Eds) Raymond McClusky & Stephen McKinney Glasgow: Edwin Mellen books

Development of Learning Materials

2016—2016 Member of team that wrote a new national curriculum for high-school media studies for the Ministry of Education. Authored the module “Technology in History” and co-authored two additional modules: “Representations in the Media” and “Communication and Democracy.”

2011— Developed and authored a unit plan for the Children’s Rights Department of the Ministry of Education, focusing on rights to privacy, freedom of information, and leisure. The unit was based on brief animations by UNESCO.

2008— Developed lesson plans for the elementary school on critical consumerism, commercials, and indirect advertising on the Internet (a project initiated by the Ministry of Education and sponsored by the Second Authority for Television and Radio).

Community and social activism

2018–present  - Member of the managing committee of  the Israeli Communication Association

2010–present - Member of the supervising committee for Israel Social TV, an independent NGO media organization that creates alternative news content
2010–present - Chair of teachers’ union at Gordon College of Education
2004–2012 - Member of the executive committee of a battered women’s shelter and the “Women to Women” organization
1983–1985 - Paramedic. Full military service in Israel Defense Forces; rank at discharge: sergeant


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