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.

Transformative Peace Pedagogy: Fostering a Reflective, Critical, and Inclusive Praxis for Peace Studies

This article by Tony Jenkins offers a brief philosophical and pedagogical framework and rationale for transformative peace pedagogy as a preferred approach and philosophy of teaching and learning in peace studies. Transformative peace pedagogy fosters the development of a self-reflective praxis and nurtures a holistic, inclusive relationship between the inner (personal) and outer (political, action oriented) dimensions of peacebuilding. This praxis is the basis for both internal consideration and social and political action that is pursued by peace studies.

Invitation to Participate: Survey Exploring Networked Impact of Peace/Conflict-Focused International Education Programs

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Boston are conducting a study on the networks formed through peace/conflict-focused international education and study abroad programs, and the impact that these networks have in fostering peace. If you direct (or work/teach in) such a program, or have in the past, they ask for your assistance in filling out an online survey.

“COLECTIVO EDUCACIÓN PARA LA PAZ” MANIFESTO: Farewell to war! Reasons for a Pedagogy for Peace

This manifesto, issued by ‘El Colectivo Educación para la Paz’ of Colombia outlines a collective commitment to, and vision for, peace education through clearly articulated values and principles for peace education and peace pedagogy.

‘El Colectivo Educación para la Paz’ (The Peace Education Collective) constitutes an effort of several universities, research centers and non-governmental organizations at the national and international order committed to the design, management and implementation of plans, programs and projects of national and international practices aimed at reducing social exclusion and violence impact, as well as strengthen a culture of peace, peaceful coexistence and recognition of differences.

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Peace education course; orientation for Chennai Corporation school teachers held

Gandhi Peace Foundation has evolved pedagogy on Peace Education based on Gandhian Values for school children. This is being implemented in schools run by the Chennai Corporation with the help of teachers and college students. A one-day orientation for this project was held on June 22 for 30 teachers from thirty Chennai High & Higher Secondary Schools.

Teachers: Agents of Peace Building in the Conflict Zones

Dr. Swaleha Sindhi suggests that in conflict-affected situations education is about more than service delivery; it is a means of socialization and identity development through the transmission of knowledge, skills, values and attitudes across generations. Education may therefore be a way of contributing to conflict transformation and building peace.

New publication: Promoting Global Peace and Civic Engagement through Education

“Promoting Global Peace and Civic Engagement through Education,” edited by Kshama Pandey and Pratibha Upadhyay, outlines the pedagogical practices necessary to inspire the next generation of peace-bringers by addressing strategies to include topics from human rights and environmental sustainability, to social justice and disarmament in a comprehensive method. Providing perspectives on how to live in a multi-cultural, multi-racial, and multi-religious society, this book is a critical reference source for educators, students of education, government officials, and administration who hope to make a positive change.

Participants of the special seminar at UNESCO Bangkok on 16 October 2015.

Taking Action on Global Education

(Original article: UNESCO Bangkok, 10-30-15) Following a special seminar at UNESCO Bangkok on 16 October 2015, Fernando M. Reimers of Harvard University and Eleonora Villegas-Reimers of Wheelock College reflect on global education in view of building a sustainable, inclusive and peaceful world. The recently approved Sustainable Development Goals place education at the core of this […]

The Role of Teachers in Peacebuilding

UNICEF: Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding10-5-2015 Find out more about UNICEF Learning for Peace at the dedicated programme website: learningforpeace.unicef.org In the context of debates relating to teachers’ role in educational outcomes, accountability and management, this Literature Review explores their potential to be active agents of peacebuilding. Specifically, the review aims to explore their role […]