ERIC Number: ED256686
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Peace Education in Great Britain: Some Results of a Survey. Workshop Report No. 1.
Rathenow, Hanns-Fred; Smoker, Paul
To determine the extent to which peace studies are available and the attitudes of school officials toward peace education in Great Britain, an 8-part survey was administered to 125 Local Education Authorities (LEAs) in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The extent to which peace studies were implemented and accepted by LEAs is illustrated by a breakdown of scoring on individual questions. Of the 69 respondents, the majority (53.6 percent) supported the idea of peace studies. With regard to the political composition of the councils, however, there were some differences between Labor and Conservative councils and between Councils in "nuclear free" and "non-nuclear-free" zones. More than half of the nuclear-free councils (68.4 percent) and 35 percent of the non-nuclear-free councils supported peace studies. Moreover, 41.1 percent of the conservative councils and 55.6 percent of the labor councils were supportive of peace studies. Despite these differences, there appeared to be some consensus on the central topics to be considered in peace studies. When asked to rank order 17 topics, participants in the survey gave "violence and war" as well as "the nuclear arms race" highest priority, whereas "structural values" and "the distribution of social commodities" received lowest priority. The particular examples described in the final part of the report illustrate some of the approaches that have been developed for teaching peace studies topics in the schools. (LH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lancaster Univ. (England). Richardson Inst. for Conflict and Peace Research.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)