Tony Jenkins: education about and for peace

“As education both about and for peace, the substance of peace education (past, present, future) cannot be separated from the reality of the learner.”

-Tony Jenkins (2019)


In the early 1980s, peace education pioneer Betty Reardon called for the development of comprehensive peace education, a holistic and integrative approach most applicable for the pursuit of a culture of peace, and potentially unifying for a field comprised of many seemingly disconnected approaches. Comprehensive peace education is rooted in critical and transformative pedagogies. It is especially futures oriented, seeking to nurture those inner peace capacities that are essential to external political action necessary for social and political change. This entry proposes comprehensive peace education as the most holistic, transformative, and adaptable approach to educating for peace in different contexts; introduces some of its theoretical and practical bases; and considers the necessary preparations of educators for its pedagogical practice.


Jenkins T. (2019) Comprehensive Peace Education. In: Peters M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Teacher Education. Springer, Singapore.

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