WELCOME TO PEACE PEDAGOGY
The goal of this course is to build the capacity of educators, regardless of the subject matter they teach or environment in which they work, to incorporate peace building into their practice and cultivate peaceable learning communities.
The belief of this course is that one does not need to teach a “Peace Education” class or run a peace club in order to instill the values, skills, and knowledge that can help build peace and address conflict nonviolently.
Specialized courses and clubs are admirable and important endeavors by students and faculty alike, however we can and must break out of the all too often assumption that peace education should be separated out from the other core subject areas covered in schools: math, science, languages, history, etc. and that opportunities to develop skills needed to manage conflict nonviolently and build peaceable communities has to be an extracurricular affair. Exploring the pedagogy of peace gives us the capacity to bring peace and nonviolence into all subject areas and learning environments.
Everything we learn, every problem we face, and every relationship we make, is an opportunity for peace education to bear fruit. The question is are we keeping these opportunities in mind when we develop our lesson plans, teach and interact with students, learners, and one another?
The main content of this course is presented and shared with you through a series of online learning modules. They are designed to give you a guided, sequenced tour through a curation of ideas, videos, readings, and other content related to peace pedagogy as viewed through the seven pillars of peace education framework – which will be addressed in the following pages.
All the required readings and videos for this course are available to you for free by clicking on the various links on each page. So there is no need to purchase any texts for this course. However, many of the readings are specific chapters taken from books, which you might consider buying if you want to build your own personal peace education library and see what other valuable ideas are in other chapters.
Navigating through the modules is easy. You advance from page to page by clicking on the “Next Page ->” link at the bottom. You can go back to the previous page by clicking the “<- Previous Page” link.
There is a logical sequence to how these modules and the pages within them progress. However, you will find that each page has links that can take you off onto various tangents. Feel free to go on all sorts of hyper-linked learning adventures, just remember to eventually return back to the guided tour so that all of us taking the course are sharing and experiencing the same curated content.
At the end of each page there is a reflection question. These questions are little pit stops as you make your way through the module. Think of these questions as opportunities to process what you just read and/or watched, think about how it relates to your own life and work, and then share your short response (10 sentences or less) in the comment section. When you do leave a comment be sure to include your first and last name at the start of your response so we know from whom we are hearing. The comment section then becomes a space for us to collectively share our digital “notes in the margins” of these online modules.
Please note that throughout this course I will be using the terms teacher, educator, and facilitator interchangeably. I will also be using the terms student, learner and participant interchangeably along with classroom and learning space. The reason for this is that what is covered in these modules is applicable to not just traditional classroom teachers, but also facilitators and educators who work with adults in non-formal spaces outside of the classroom.
Reflection Question: What does a peaceable learning environment look like to you? Have you ever experienced an environment like this? If so, share a bit from that experience.