Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 6(9), pp. 1916 - 1920
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2018.060909
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Educating for Peace in Higher Education


Harvey N. Oueijan *
Department of Psychology Education and Physical Education, Notre Dame University-Louaize, Lebanon

ABSTRACT

Peace education has become an important issue nowadays and a major concern for researchers and educators all over the world. Peace education has been introduced into many educational institutions either as separate programs or integrated within the various subject materials. Hoping to trigger some positive changes, post-war countries started adopting such programs. Research shows that the sooner children get introduced to the knowledge of peace and practice the skills related to it, the greater the chance they will become positive change agents in the future. While peace programs are being introduced into schools worldwide, it seems that attempts to do so in higher education are still minimal. Consequently, I believe that school teachers have become more qualified to educate their students for peace than university professors although one cannot deny that many universities are now offering courses or even degrees in peace studies such as conflict resolution and transformation. However, where offered, such programs are by exclusively the departments of political science in a few universities. As such, I argue that, as in many schools, peace related student learning outcomes should be introduced into almost every general education course, if not all, offered by every department at higher education institutions. As a result, learners who do not have the chance to get introduced to such programs throughout their school years will have the chance to do so at the university level.

KEYWORDS
Peace Education, Higher Education, General Education Courses, Education

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Harvey N. Oueijan . "Educating for Peace in Higher Education." Universal Journal of Educational Research 6.9 (2018) 1916 - 1920. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2018.060909.