Transforming Education for Peace

Edited by:
Jing Lin, University of Maryland
Edward J. Brantmeier, James Madison University
Christa Bruhn, University of Wisconsin

A volume in the series: Peace Education. Editor(s): Laura L. Finley, Barry University. Robin Cooper, Nova Southeastern University.

Published 2008

Currently, peace education remains marginalized in our education system, however, a united front can be formed and powerful paradigms can empower educators to play a critical role in peace building through scholarship, practice and activism. Indeed, educators around the world are developing effective strategies to transform education as a powerful force for global peace. The diverse array of contributors in the book demonstrate that educators as peace makers can be and have been instrumental in transforming social forces, the self and others for the construction of global peace.

The book aims to broaden the educational discourse in order to make room for new visions to educate future generations for peace. Local and global efforts to build a long-lasting peace are presented through the lens of education.

The timeliness of peace education surely renders this book relevant to educators and the general public alike as individuals, communities, and organizations struggle to find pathways to peace in a global world. In other words, this book will interest scholars and the general public concerned about the building of global peace. The book can be source book for educators at elementary, secondary, and postsecondary institutions to explore multiple ways to conduct effective peace education at all levels of education. The book may also be used as a textbook by instructors of multicultural education, of comparative & international education, and of undergraduate and graduate peace education courses.

Acknowledgements. Introduction: Toward Forging a Positive, Transformative Paradigm for Peace Education, Edward J. Brantmeier and Jing Lin. PART I: PEACE EDUCATION THROUGH INTERCULTURAL, MULTICULTURAL, AND CROSS-CULTURAL EFFORTS. Pathways to Peace: Imag(in)ing the Voices of Chinese and American Middle School Students, Jingjing Lou and Heidi Ross. Building Peace in the Family: American Host Families of Muslim Exchange Students Post 9/11, Carol Radomski. Professional Development for Peace: Linking All Types of Teachers to International, Cross-Cultural Education, Rana Al-Smadi. Building Intercultural Empathy for Peace: Teacher Involvement in Peace Curricula Development at a U.S. Midwestern High School, Edward J. Brantmeier. PART II: PEACE EDUCATION FOR TRANSFORMATION AND THE PROMOTION OF A CULTURE OF PEACE. Peace Education Aimed at Children Everywhere in the World: An Experimental Project Implementing a Peace Education Curriculum for Fifth Graders, Gemstone Peace Education Team. International Education for Peace for Student Teachers in Japan: Promoting Cultures of Peace, Koji Nakamura. Teaching About Peaceful Coexistence: Reflection, Dialogue, and Transformative Action, Grace Feuerverger. Hope for Peace—Against All Odds!, Nele Noe. Design Conversation: An Instrument for Peace Education, Helga Stokes. Peace Education Value of the World Wide Web: Dialogue and Confidence Building in Cyberspace—An Analysis of, M. Ayaz Naseem. Educating All for Peace: Educating No One for (Physical or Structural) Violence, Mayumi Terano and Mark Ginsburg. PART III: CHALLENGES AND PROMISES OF PEACE EDUCATION. How Royal Roads University Went to War on Theory and Research: Conflict and Drama in the Teaching of Peace, Roger Boshier. The Promise and Pitfalls of Peace Education Evaluation, Ian Harris. Rediscovering Education for a Better World: Illuminating the Social Purposes of Education Through Peace Education Pedagogy and Content, Tony Jenkins. PART IV. NEW PARADIGMS FOR EDUCATION FOR PEACE. Transforming Teaching Warfare into Peace, Irene M. Zoppi and Alice Yaeger. Constructing a Global Ethic of Universal Love and Reconciliation: Reenvisioning Peace Education, Jing Lin. About the Contributors.

"In the face of terrorist attacks in Mumbai and continuing genocide in Darfur, among countless other acts of social and environmental violence, individuals may feel impotent and hopeless. Yet Transforming Education for Peace gathers essays designed to illustrate that “peacebuilding is possible in our everyday lives, in our interactions with others, and in our intentions to be understanding, compassionate human beings" Claire Bischoff