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ERIC Number: ED441747
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 20
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Peace Education: The Importance of Social Engagement Skills and a Human Rights Framework.
Birthistle, Ursula
This paper is set in the context of the political problems facing Northern Ireland and the educational responses to these problems. It focuses on the importance of globally accepted human rights values to a divided society and the role of education in promulgating these. The paper discusses the methodology of human rights education in the light of educational theory about the value of experiential learning, and the importance of self-esteem and positive attitudes toward others. It defines peace as on-going conflict resolution. Examples are given of good practice where schools have transformed the atmosphere and relationships through the introduction of democratic structures and the teaching of conflict resolution skills. Educational responses to the conflict in Northern Ireland are described, set against the backdrop of recent debates about values in education and education for democratic citizenship. Finally, the paper discusses some of the debates and research which, it is hoped, will help to inform curriculum development in Northern Ireland for the 21st century. The key messages from these lend support to the arguments in the paper for a greater emphasis on the development of the core social engagement skills required for the maintenance of peaceful relationships at all levels of society--locally, nationally, and globally. (Contains 42 references.) (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)