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ERIC Number: ED454138
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 5
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Peace Education in Two Elementary Classrooms with Diverse Students.
Bogart, Louise; Slaughter, Helen
This paper describes a case study in which two teachers attempted to bring peace education to their classrooms. To date, the most prevalent approaches to peace education center on a curriculum or a program. The two teachers rejected such curricula and programs in favor of an approach that emphasized the importance of the environment in developing and nurturing positive behaviors and preventing negative ones, predicated on the assumption that "children learn what they live." Their approach to peace education was through an environment focused on relationships, i.e., how people interact with one another and with nature. The teachers in this study were overt in their efforts to deal with power relationships within their classrooms. Hierarchical structures were adjusted to give children a real and on-going voice, time structures were altered to provide children with choice, and grouping was heterogeneous to take advantage of the cultural diversity that existed in both classrooms. The teachers exhibited the type of connected teaching described by Gilligan (1992); they consistently examined the capabilities and needs of the children in their charge, and without exerting power over them or dominating them they met learner needs and helped them do what they needed to do. The culture of their classrooms valued cooperation rather than competition, traditionally a value of the dominant culture. The paper discusses the results and possibilities for this model of peace education. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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