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ERIC Number: EJ1228693
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
What Should We Teach about Human Rights? Implications of International Research
Barton, Keith C.
Social Education, v83 n4 p212-216 Sep 2019
In this article, Keith Barton shares his recent research on students' understanding of human rights. His work suggests the need for teachers to understand the significance of students' social context when teaching about human rights. His findings also indicate that students focus almost exclusively on personal as opposed to institutional actions for protecting human rights. The research described herein identifies two areas requiring special emphasis. The first involves applying human rights principles at multiple levels--local, national, and global--so that students are not bound either by the uniqueness of their own experiences or by the potentially stereotypical and inaccurate images found in wider social and political discourses. The second involves helping students develop an understanding of a range of local, national, and transnational organizations (governmental and nongovernmental), as well as the specific policies and practices they use to address human rights. Educators must use their knowledge of students and of effective instructional practices to make such content engaging and meaningful, but this research points toward the content that needs particular attention in those efforts. [This research was jointly planned and implemented with Arlene Benitez of Indiana University.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A