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ERIC Number: EJ920148
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1467-5986
Teaching Peace through Picture Books in a Third-Grade Classroom
Seban, Demet
Intercultural Education, v22 n1 p115-120 2011
In 2000, UNESCO declared a mission for peace named the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010). The "culture of peace" was defined as a set of "values, attitudes and behaviours ... that reject violence and endeavour to prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation" (UN Resolutions 1997, 1). In addition, several other world organizations were giving priority to peace education; mass military action against terrorism was taking place in and around the country (Turkey), forcing educators to work toward ensuring that individuals and groups live together harmoniously in a peaceful and democratic society. In this article, the author wanted to portray children's literature as containing powerful material for peace education programs. He also wanted to encourage teachers whose mother tongue is not English to explore books in their native language for teaching about peace. In places where the curriculum is highly structured, and studying different aspects of peace is not included at all class levels, picture books can be selected purposefully by teachers for reading. This will allow teachers to create the space to teach the complex knowledge of peace-keeping, peace-making, and peace-building strategies. Through critical examination of these selected books, children may have a chance to challenge widely accepted stereotypes, values, and perspectives, which they may not have been able to think about elsewhere.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey