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

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

By Tony Jenkins, PhD

In Factis Pax: Volume 10 Number 1 (2016): 1-7


One of the key conclusions of a 2014 conference on “Reconstructing Peace Studies,” was that how we teach is as important as what we teach. Faculty participating in the conference agreed they had minimal knowledge or preparation in the methods and pedagogies of peace education seen as essential to pursuing the transformative outcomes of peace studies programs. This article 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.

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  1. Thank you, Tony Jenkins, for this succinct article that calls for a equally valuing the inner/outer and strategic/principled approaches to peacebuilding! This both/and holistic approach is one that I’ve been applying for quite some time, and I appreciate it when we can understand the roles various peacebuilders play, within the larger whole of the movement and the work. Might you consider attaching a chart with some examples of reflective, critical, and transformative practices as they would relate to a key topic area in the field?

    • Thank you PeacePraxis: Engage – Empower – Transform! I’m working on a significant elaboration of this short piece for a possible book (complete with charts and examples!). This piece was originally developed for a forthcoming book on “controversies in peace studies.” It was prepared as a response/dialogue/bridge with three other articles exploring principled and strategic approaches to nonviolence (so glad that came through in this edited version!).

    • Tony Jenkins Ah, context- that makes sense. Looking forward to the elaboration and the book! If you’re looking for feedback on it at any point in time in development, I’d be glad to help.

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