Peace Education in the Classroom

Creating Effective Peace Education Programs

Authored by: David W. Johnson , Roger T. Johnson

Handbook on Peace Education

Print publication date:  September  2009
Online publication date:  February  2011

Print ISBN: 9780805862522
eBook ISBN: 9780203837993
Adobe ISBN: 9781136874529


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Mahatma Gandhi once stated, “If we are to reach real peace in this world we shall have to begin with the children.” Lasting peace may depend on educating future generations into the competencies, perspectives, attitudes, values, and behavioral patterns that will enable them to build and maintain peace. To understand how to make peace education effective and sustainable, it is first necessary to define the nature of peace and peace education. In order to build programs to achieve the goals of peace education, it is necessary to understand the social science theories on which the programs need to be based. Finally, the steps of conducting an effective and sustainable peace education must be understood. The purpose of this chapter is to address these issues.

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