ERIC Number: ED339669
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
The Challenge of Peace Education: Do Our Efforts Make a Difference?
Harris, Ian M.
The findings of a study that examined the impact of peace studies courses at the college and university level upon students is reported. The study involved 260 undergraduate students at 3 midwestern universities. At the beginning of each course, students filled out a questionnaire; at the end of the course, students were given identical questionnaires to see how their attitudes, beliefs, and levels of activity had changed during the semester. One year later students were mailed a third identical questionnaire to see what further changes had taken place. A control group also was used so that a comparison of responses between the groups would indicate whether or not the change could be attributed to the influence of a peace studies course. Analyses of the results of the study do not support a major hypothesis of the study, that students taking a peace studies course would have significant changes in attitude in a more peaceful direction than students in a control groups. However, the study does show that as a result of taking a peace studies course, one in five students do something to promote peace. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Peace Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (72nd, Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).