The academics say the learning style approach is ineffective, a waste of resources and potentially even damaging. (Photo: Alamy Stock Photo)

Teachers must ditch ‘neuromyth’ of learning styles, say scientists

Eminent academics from worlds of neuroscience, education and psychology voice concerns over popularity of method noting that it is ineffective, a waste of resources and potentially even damaging as it can lead to a fixed approach that could impair pupils’ potential to apply or adapt themselves to different ways of learning.

Teachers College study finds gap between refugee policy and practice hinders urban refugee children’s access to education

The increasing urbanization of the world’s displaced people presents unique obstacles to displaced children attempting to attend local schools, despite their widely recognized right to do so, according to a report released by Teachers College. The report, titled “Urban Refugee Education: Strengthening Policies and Practices for Access, Quality, and Inclusion,” is the first-ever global study of urban refugee education.

Evaluation of the Transformative Potential of Positive Gender Socialization in Education for Peacebuilding

UNICEF commissioned American Institutes for Research (AIR) to conduct an evaluation of the Karamoja, Uganda, pilot of the programme Gender Socialization in Schools: Enhancing the transformative power of education for peacebuilding. Supported by UNICEF and the Ugandan Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports, the programme aimed to trial a practical, school-based intervention to demonstrate the peacebuilding potential of positive gender socialization in the conflict-affected Karamoja region of north-eastern Uganda.

Ottoman miniature of the siege of Belgrade by Mehmed II in 1456. (Photo by WikipediaUser “Dencey”, 2017 © Public Domain, https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehmed_II.#/media/File:Siegebelgrade.jpg)

Ottoman History and Peace Education

ince the dawn of the new millennium, humanity has been confronted with many problems. These include starvation, poverty, racism, ethnic hatred, wars, terrorism, genocide, environmental pollution, illegal immigration, violence, street crimes and intolerance. In order to solve these issues, education can play an important role; it can also render our world both pleasanter and kinder. Moreover, education can help students to develop skills for practical thinking, problem solving and co-operating with each other. Besides encouraging creativity, innovation and communication, peace education can drive students towards a more conscientious, tolerant, peaceful and democratic way of thinking.

Peace Education in Pakistan

Virtually every country in South Asia faces militancy and conflict to some extent. Pakistan has been especially prone. Peace education addresses the root causes of conflict and is thus a sustainable long-term solution in conflict resolution and prevention efforts. This report examines nine representative peace education initiatives in Pakistan to better understand what types of interventions were most effective, the differences and similarities between peace education programs and curricula in schools and madrassas, and what the peacebuilding field can draw from the selected case studies.

Nepal: Lessons from integrating peace, human rights, and civic education into social studies curricula and textbooks

From 2007 to 2012, the Ministry of Education (MoE) of the Government of Nepal worked with Save the Children, UNESCO, and UNICEF to revise the national social studies curriculum. The aim was to promote education for peace, human rights, and civic education (PHRCE) in the wake of a 10-year Maoist insurgency and the transition to a democratic republic.

Hate groups increase for second consecutive year as Trump electrifies radical right

The Global Campaign for Peace Education reminds you of our call to Address Identity-based Violence through Teach-ins at American Universities. This report on hate groups from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) may provide meaningful substance for learning toward action that addresses identity-based violence. According to SPLC’s annual census of hate groups and other extremist organizations, the number of hate groups in the United States rose for a second year in a row in 2016 as the radical right was energized by the candidacy of Donald Trump.

The Underdeveloped Transformative Potential of Human Rights Education: English Primary Education as a Case Study

In order for learners to become empowered human rights activists, they must be equipped with relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes. Learner empowerment therefore forms a central element of international human rights education provisions. This article draws upon empirical research to gauge the nature and extent of empowerment in English primary schools, and seeks to better understand the reasons for any deficiencies in its practice. It argues that whilst empowerment-related concepts may be encouraged to a certain extent, learners are unlikely to be emerging from formal schooling with the means to contribute significantly to transformation of the broader human rights culture.

Rethinking General and Complete Disarmament in the Twenty-first Century

This publication’s authors, who include some of the world’s leading scholars, diplomats and activists on the topic, examine historic, strategic, humanitarian and economic aspects of general and complete disarmament to elaborate and elevate the case for prohibiting conventional weapons systems as well as nuclear weapons.

FreshEd interview with Hakim Williams: Youth violence and the neocolonial system of education in Trinidad

FreshEd with Will Brehm is a weekly podcast that makes complex ideas in educational research easily understood. This December 12 interview explores youth violence in Trinidad with guest Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams. Hakim situates his study of Trinidad within the country’s colonial past. He is also actively creating a new paradigm to address youth violence that blends a systems approach with restorative justice practices.

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How Investing In Preschool Beats The Stock Market, Hands Down

(NPR) There’s a growing body of research on the value and importance of high-quality early education programs — especially for disadvantaged kids. But there’s surprisingly little research on its impact over time. A new paper. “The Life-Cycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program,” co-authored by Nobel laureate James Heckman, helps change that. Heckman and his co-authors examine the many ways in which these high-quality programs helped participants thrive throughout life.

Critical Choices: Assessing The Effects Of Education and Civic Engagement on Somali Youths’ Propensity Towards Violence

Understanding what works to reduce violence, including violent extremism, is a key priority for many policymakers. Despite this need, to date there is very little research evaluating the effects of development programs on violence reduction. To address this knowledge gap, Mercy Corps undertook a rigorous impact evaluation of a 5-year stability-focused youth program in Somalia known as the Somali Youth Leaders Initiative (SYLI).

Addressing Fragility—A New Learning Agenda

The Fragility Study Group is an independent, non-partisan, effort of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Center for a New American Security and the United States Institute of Peace. The goal of this brief is to describe what is needed to develop and implement a more robust and effective learning agenda focused on addressing fragility that effectively informs policy decisions.

Education and Training in Nonviolent Resistance

This report highlights key strategic functions and outcomes of education and training in nonviolent civil resistance movements around the world. Funded by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), it draws on findings from research, trainer and participant interviews, and the author’s experience with nonviolent civil movements.