Teaching Peace through Art Education Curriculum

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  • Title: Teaching Peace through Art Education Curriculum: A Proposed One-Unit Plan for Fifth-Grade Students in Middle Eastern Schools
  • Author(s): Bassam Al-Radaideh
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Learner
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum
  • Keywords: Peace Education, Art Education, Art Curricula, Students, Childhood, Empathy
  • Volume: 26
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2327-7963 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-9133 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-7963/CGP/v26i02/45-57
  • Citation: Al-Radaideh, Bassam . 2019. "Teaching Peace through Art Education Curriculum: A Proposed One-Unit Plan for Fifth-Grade Students in Middle Eastern Schools." The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum 26 (2): 45-57. doi:10.18848/2327-7963/CGP/v26i02/45-57.
  • Extent: 13 pages

Abstract

The cultural crisis and conflicts we witness today has led to the emergence of a comprehensive art-based peace education program in school curricula for all educational levels. The present proposal aims to draw attention to the importance of an active peace education program within the art education curriculum and highlights the role art can play in promoting peace education among children who are survivors of war. Moreover, a unit suggested within art education curriculum called “Art and Peace” for the fifth-grade level aims to cultivate peaceful values in the minds of students. Childhood education for peace is valuable because during these early years the child is laying the foundation for the development of his or her capabilities in all domains of life. The main finding is that peace education through art methodology could not be neglected, because art content becomes the mediator for understanding and nurturing peace. Art has the power to heal, inspire, promote peace, and reduce trauma and hatred by drawing upon the creativity, imagination, collaboration, and empathy of children to learn the ethics of responsibility and mutual respect.