ERIC Number: EJ819884
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Moral Imperatives, Professional Interventions and Resilience, and Educational Action in Chaotic Situations: The Souls of Children amidst the Horror of War
Hill, Catherine M.
International Journal of Children's Spirituality, v10 n2 p155-164 Aug 2005
Drawing from the research on children of war in Bogota, Beirut and Bosnia, this paper serves as a framework for dialogue about the criminalization of children by armed conflict and other forms of violence. Furthermore, it addresses the aching question of how best to care for these children so that they have every chance to become illuminated and not carbonized (Restrepo, 1999, p. 209) by the tragic circumstances of their environments. The author posits that educators everywhere bear a moral imperative to provide opportunities for children to reclaim hope, reintegrate socially, learn well, reflect deeply, and act justly. Specifically, this essay reflects on varied approaches aimed at fostering resilience, as well as cognitive and moral growth and development in children who are witness and/or victims of social, political, and violent struggles.
Descriptors: Children, War, Violence, Child Development, Coping, Teacher Responsibility, Role of Education, Social Development, Reflection, Social Justice, Cognitive Development, Moral Values, Social Values, Childrens Rights
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Identifiers - Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina; Colombia; Lebanon