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ERIC Number: ED308135
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun-23
Pages: 17
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Peace Studies and the Social Studies.
Ediger, Marlow
Numerous reasons can be given for the low quality of teaching in the social studies. Teachers may be improperly certified, or they may teach to maintain employment rather than to do a good job. To teach peace studies courses requires the cream of the crop in terms of quality instruction. Teachers should be well above the minimum requirements for certification. Teacher education should include courses in educational psychology, philosophy of education, and teaching of social studies, and prospective teachers should have a good liberal arts background and complete a student teaching assignment. Secondary students should desire the best in teaching-learning situations. How to work toward peace should be an ultimate goal of peace studies. Disagreements between and among individuals involve conflict. Conflict resolution will greatly minimize or even eliminate selected kinds of undesirable attitudes. Some attitudes detrimental to conflict resolution include: harsh rhetoric, traditional patriotism, ethnocentrism, emphasis on military spending as the best security, view positions from the point of view of one variable, and the friendly dictator concept. The Middle East is presented as an area in which wars have grown out of previous conflicts involving diverse nations. Teachers of peace studies need to be well-informed pertaining to the subjects and issues addressed. Proposed solutions must be just for both sides of the conflict, and a problem-solving attitude must be emphasized. Conflict resolution is a must in the academic/school curriculum. (GEA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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