School-based Peace Education Programs: An International Showcase

By C. Bobbi Hansen.

Published by The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum

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Noteworthy international efforts to support peace education have already begun by both governmental and non-governmental organizations. However, many believe that school-based peace education can and should be included in the curriculum in schools across the globe in order to make a lasting difference on the planet. By instituting such practices modern societies may be able to transform its students into future change agents for peace. The primary goal of this paper will be to focus attention on successful models of school-based peace education programs so that they may serve as inspiration to educators who may be considering such programs in their own countries. Secondarily, in an effort to provide a foundation with which to better understand the entire peace education movement, the paper will present three background information pieces. These include:

1) various working definitions of peace education, 2) an examination of the conditions needed for successful peace education programs for schools, and, 3) a workable framework for schools for the successful institutionalization of peace education.

Keywords: Peace Education in Schools

International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp.193-200. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 275.825KB).

C. Bobbi Hansen

Associate Professor, Department of Learning and Teaching, University of San Diego, San Diego, California, USA

Dr. Bobbi Hansen is a faculty member at the University of San Diego where she has been twice awarded the prestigious University Professorship, a distinguished faculty award. She received her B.S. degree from Valparaiso University in Indiana, M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and her Ed.D. degree from the University of Southern California. Dr. Hansen teaches courses at both the preservice and graduate level in Curriculum and Methods. Currently, she is serving as the pedagogical expert in three federal grants. In 1999 Dr. Hansen was among an international team of educators invited to assist in the development of a new system of schools in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Other research projects have included grants from the University of California, Berkeley and the National Corporation for Community Service and an investigation of GLOBE, a worldwide science educational program that unites teachers and students with an international scientific community for the purpose of studying the global environment.