ERIC Number: ED052999
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Oct-15
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Teaching About Conflict as it Relates to War.
This consultant paper for a war/peace curriculum development project is concerned with the challenge of preparing members of our society for a more rational approach to problems of inter-nation conflict. The nature of conflict and conflict solution in relation to the experience of learning are emphasized. Topics discussed include: 1) effect of physical environment upon evolution of man; 2) aggression, and human behavior; 3) psychological processes and values; and, 4) war as a social institution. The characteristics of human reaction to this fear are explored, such as dehumanization, alienation, and social involvement. Also discussed are: 1) unconscious defense mechanisms; 2) intra- and inter-group conflict; 3) socio-economic and political forces; 4) ethnocentrism; and, 5) communication problems. Guidelines suggest teaching these concepts: 1) idea of a world in which conflict, but not inevitably war, will continue to exist; 2) alternatives to violence are available as outcomes of conflict situations; 3) conflict can function as a creative force; and, 4) there is a need for new institutions for the conduct of conflict and the control of violence. A bibliography of 24 books and articles is appended as well as a list of 9 additional reference sources. Other consultant papers in this Inquiry session are SO 001 262 through SO 001 265. Related documents in this curriculum development project are SO 001 259 through SO 001 267. (Author/JSB)
Descriptors: Affective Objectives, Aggression, Behavioral Sciences, Concept Teaching, Conflict, Conflict Resolution, Curriculum Development, Interaction Process Analysis, International Relations, Peace, Political Socialization, Problem Solving, Psychological Patterns, Social Studies, Social Systems, Values Education, Violence, War, World Affairs, World Problems
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Authoring Institution: New York Friends Group, Inc., New York. Center for War/Peace Studies.; Diablo Valley Education Project, Orinda, CA.