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ERIC Number: EJ1067491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1927-6044
Shallow Roots Require Constant Watering: The Challenge of Sustained Impact in Educational Programs
Rosen, Yigal; Perkins, David
International Journal of Higher Education, v2 n4 p91-100 2013
Socially-oriented educational programs often face societal barriers. Peace education in a region of prolonged conflict faces a negative socio-political environment that works against its effects. The media, leadership, educational system and other societal institutions continue to express a culture of conflict. Recent studies show that the effects of peace education programs are short-lived and methods to sustain the effects over time are needed. The present paper describes the societal-psychological climate of prolonged conflict, the goals of peace education in such regions, the challenges of achieving these goals, and possible ways to overcome these challenges. The main argument is that peace education programs should be designed to effectively manage the "reality dissonance" between the sought-for effects and socio-political environment. Mechanisms for sustaining educational change are described along with considerations for program design. Finally the paper offers several conclusions and directions for future research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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