Education for Sustainable Peace: Practices, Problems and Possibilities

  • Betty A. Reardon
Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)


Reflecting on the development and status of peace education, a field built around the problem of violence, this chapter describes the general social purposes and learning goals of the varied approaches to education for peace. Viewing the field from the perspective of the internationally derived theme problems and pedagogical methods that have characterized the author’s experience and practice, it reviews her interpretation of some of the main characteristics of and problems addressed by the field of peace education (including, but not limited to, conflict studies). The chapter notes that the significant substantive development and growing world-wide practice of peace education has been largely the result of the efforts of individuals, civil society and professional organizations and non – formal networks. It argues that the actual and evident need for peace education calls for greater institutional and systematic teacher preparation for all grade levels and all subject areas. Persuading institutional education authorities to include peace education as a normal part of standard teacher preparation is identified as a major challenge now facing practitioners and advocates of this field so urgently needed in a world with ever increasing incidents and forms of violence.


Conflict Resolution Teacher Preparation Social Purpose Citizenship Education Critical Pedagogy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Betty A. Reardon
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  1. 1.International Institute on Peace Educationc/o Adelphi UniversityNew YorkUSA

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