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ERIC Number: ED421588
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 24
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Integrated Elementary Curriculum about Conflict Resolution: Can Children Handle Global Politics?
Bickmore, Kathy
This paper explores the ways diverse elementary school students may be taught to understand and respond constructively to social and interpersonal conflict, by studying the implemented curriculum in one public elementary classroom. In this urban Canadian classroom, well over half of the 33 students were recent immigrants with diverse language and cultural backgrounds. Conflict education was integrated with other academic subject matter, especially language arts and social studies. The lessons were organized around key ideas for understanding conflict, based on conflict resolution theory, using familiar and unfamiliar examples of conflict at various stages, including wars and political disputes. A series of vignettes illustrates particular lessons and the student work the lessons inspired. The analysis focuses on the processes and subject matter through which students developed understandings about conflict and conflict resolution. The study substantiates the idea that young children are indeed able to handle complex political and international conflicts. In fact, their conceptual sophistication for handling interpersonal conflicts seems to be enhanced by their understanding of intergroup conflicts. (Contains 73 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada