Peace Education as a Tool to Address Youth Violence and Delinquency in Morocco

CGS Brown Bag Series
Oct 01, 2014
01:30 PM to 02:30 PM
101 Old Botany

Kendra Taylor, Penn State 

What might a participant in a peace education program walk away with at the conclusion of the course? Peace education programs, unlike larger trends in education which stress accountability and results that seek easy categorization, often defy a clear answer to this question. This presentation explores what one particular group of students in Morocco walked away with after participating in a six week peace education program. Both quantitative and qualitative data was collected to provide insights into whether and if so, what kinds of, changes participants experienced in terms of attitudes and perceptions, problem solving skills, and sense of empowerment. These findings lead to a discussion of ongoing challenges in the field and recommendations for further research.

Kendra Taylor is a PhD student in the Department of Education Policy Studies. Her research focuses on peace education with particular attention to peace education in varying sociopolitical contexts and the evaluation of peace education programs. She has worked on peace education projects in Morocco and Sri Lanka. She also explores trends within peace education including conflict resolution education, restorative justice programs, and intergroup contact experiences. Her research has been funded through the Africana Research Center at Penn State and the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State. 

This lecture is a part of the Center for Global Studies Brown Bag Series which focuses on interdisciplinary faculty and  graduate research.

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