ERIC Number: ED433105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb-26
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Peace Education and Conflict Resolution through the Expressive Arts in Early Childhood Education and Teacher Education.
Hinitz, Blythe F.; Stomfay-Stitz, Aline M.
Several modes of expressive arts may be especially appropriate for peace education and conflict resolution instruction in early childhood and teacher education classrooms. This paper explores the integration of the concepts and processes of peace education and conflict resolution through an examination of current research and professional development publications, as well as observations made in selected U.S. early education and teacher education classrooms. The paper focuses on the role of the dramatic and language arts in fostering peace education and conflict resolution. With regard to early education, the paper is informed by several sources, including literature on brain-based learning and multiple intelligences. Also discussed is the effective use of reflective listening, reading and storytelling, journal writing, creative drama, dramatic play, and problem-solving techniques. The report concludes that peace education strategies developed through appropriate dramatic and puppet play and other language and communication experiences can counteract the violent images depicted in the media and many children's toys. Language and literacy experiences can foster peace education and conflict resolution and play an important role in early childhood teacher education. (Contains 54 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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