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ERIC Number: ED349106
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Young Children's Understanding of Peace Concepts: Negative Peace, Nonviolent-Conflict-Resolution, and Positive Peace.
The first part of this study examined children's concepts of "preference of racial diversities" (PRD); nonviolent conflict-resolution (NCR); and "negative peace" (NP), defined as "peace in contrast to war." The first part also assessed children's mental development. The second part examined the relation of children's understanding of PRD, NCR, and NP to their mental development, and the relation of children's understanding of NP to their understanding of NCR and PRD. Interviews with 42 children of 5 and 6 years of age were conducted. The mental development of the children was assessed. Results from the first part of the study indicated that: (1) a majority of children had reached the concrete operations stage in Piaget's scheme of cognitive development; (2) children demonstrated a more developed understanding of war than of NP, and a more developed understanding of NCR and PRD than of NP; and (3) a total of 60 percent of children did not demonstrate any particular racial attitude or preference. Results from the second part of the study indicated no significant correlations between variables. A bibliography of 108 items is provided. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Summary of dissertation. Paper presented at the World Congress of the Organisation Mondiale pour l'Education Prescolaire, World Organization for Early Childhood Education (20th, Flagstaff, AZ, August 2-7, 1992).