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ERIC Number: EJ811544
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1740-0201
"The Dream of the Good"--A Peace Education Project Exploring the Potential to Educate for Peace at an Individual Level
Sommerfelt, Ole Henning; Vambheim, Vidar
Journal of Peace Education, v5 n1 p79-95 Mar 2008
Numerous educational efforts have been tried in order to address problems of conflicts and violence at various levels of society. These efforts have been effective to various degrees. This article investigates the effectiveness of the Swedish-based peace education project "The dream of the good" (DODG), through its use of mind/body-oriented methods, to develop non-violent attitudes and behaviour (peacefulness) in individual students. This investigation is integrated into a wider discussion of whether didactic programmes may be planned and implemented to effect such changes. The article first discusses assumptions related to the development of students' peacefulness, and how effective existing peace programmes are towards this end. Following a presentation of DODG, mechanisms of aggression and peaceful development are reviewed theoretically, with particular reference to mind/body-oriented methods, from the perspectives of behavioural science and Buddhist philosophy. Finally, empirical findings from an interview study of DODG and a small controlled follow-up study are presented. (Contains 4 tables and 15 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway; Sweden