ERIC Number: ED416130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Building Alternatives to Violence. Are There Needs and Opportunities for Teachers and Teacher Educators To Be Practical Futurists? Peace Education Miniprints No. 85.
This paper argues the importance of not only understanding how "cultural editing" may limit our images and those of our children for creating non-violent futures, but also of the need for quality responses by teachers and teacher educators to such editing. Cultural editing is a term futurists use to describe processes both within formal and non-formal education that are likely to restrict imagination about social alternatives, including alternatives to violence, and to hamper action competence or skills in non-violent democratic participation. Drawing upon new research in schools, a strong case is presented for an explicit futures dimension in the school curriculum and for a re-conceptualization of "literacy" to include more optimal forms such as skills of social imagination and action competence in the non-violent resolution of conflict. A number of working principles are advanced relating to active listening to young people's voices on the future, applied foresight, and empowerment. (Contains 29 references.) (EH)
Descriptors: Citizenship, Conflict Resolution, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Empowerment, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Global Education, Higher Education, Participative Decision Making, Peace, Prosocial Behavior, Social Change, Teacher Education, Values, Violence
R&D Group "Preparedness for Peace," School of Education, Box 23501, S-200 45 Malmo, Sweden.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Lund Univ. (Sweden). Malmo School of Education.