ERIC Number: EJ1065188
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1740 0201
Peace Education and Childhood
Lombardo, Lucien X.; Polonko, Karen A.
Journal of Peace Education, v12 n2 p182-203 2015
Peace studies and peace education are multifaceted processes focusing on diverse audiences from children in elementary grades to those involved in political negotiations at the highest levels. This paper addresses the foundational importance of including conflict embedded in adult-child relationships in peace education. It conceptually grounds assignments for university level courses designed to teach concepts linked to peace education through the vehicle of understanding violence against children. Such learning is designed to liberate students from the hegemony of adultism, the colonial relationship between adults and children and in turn to contribute to the advancement of peace education. Such pedagogy reflects the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child's call for educational measures to protect and support children's human dignity. Such an approach is especially relevant for peace education, as a large body of research across disciplines has provided substantial evidence of a significant relationship between childhood experiences of violence and subsequent juvenile and adult behavioral and social problems including conflict and violence. The approach and assignments described in this paper reflect insights about the use of narratives of childhood experiences, the etiology and effects of violence against children and the reproduction of conflict and violence across generations.
Descriptors: Peace, Conflict, Interpersonal Relationship, Violence, Age Differences, Power Structure, Childrens Rights, Behavior Problems, Interpersonal Competence, Antisocial Behavior, Transformative Learning, Civil Rights, Social Justice, Faculty Development, Teaching Methods, Child Rearing, Prevention, Coping, Films, Personal Narratives
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child