[ edu596 / Fall 2012 ]
American University

Professor:     Daryn Cambridge
Email:           darync@american.edu
Phone:          571-314-0195
Skype:           daryncambridge
Twitter:        @daryncambridge
Time:            Wednesdays / 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Location:     Hurst 10

Peace education is not only about what one teaches (content), but also how one teaches (pedagogy). This course examines various techniques, methods, and approaches to teaching, and the educational theories behind them, that build peaceable classrooms and communities. Students are introduced to and practice skills and activities that explore peace education themes such as conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, nonviolent direct action, dialogue processes, reflective listening, community building, and experiential learning.

The course is designed around seven pillars of peace education: community building, enabling multiple intelligences, nurturing emotional intelligence, exploring approaches to peace, re-framing history, transforming conflict nonviolently, and life-skills building. All will be explored and referenced throughout the course. Students will also have the opportunity to reflect on their own development as educators, contribute to a website designed for peace educators, and facilitate different peace education activities.

Course Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Explore different approaches to teaching and learning peace
  • Use the course as a laboratory to model different teaching and learning techniques
  • Engage in conversation about ways to cultivate peaceable classrooms and communities
  • Contribute insight and resources to the larger peace education community
  • Reflect on their own development as peace educators and peace learners

Course Requirements

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