CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Restorative Classrooms: Critical Peace Education in a Juvenile Detention Home

Department

Department of Conflict Resolution Studies

Publication Date

9-1-2011

Publication Title

Peace and Conflict Studies

ISSN or ISBN

2346-7258

Volume

18

Issue

2

First Page

234

Last Page

262

Abstract

This article describes several of the more successful critical peace education methodologies and perspectives that I was able to bring to my classroom in a juvenile detention home. For example, reflective writing and community analysis of nonviolent peace movements formed the core of my curriculum, as did critical analysis of the social processes of stereotyping and dehumanization. As a result, numerous students grew in their ability to write, express empathy with others, identify bias and articulate critical analysis of their schools, among other political systems. This analysis will contribute to the growing body of work on the practice of critical peace education.

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