Learning Peace

The Promise of Ecological and Cooperative Education

Edited by Betty A. Reardon & Eva Nordland

Subjects: Comparative Education
Series: SUNY series, Global Conflict and Peace Education
Paperback : 9780791417560, 234 pages, April 1994
Hardcover : 9780791417553, 234 pages, April 1994

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Table of contents


1. New World--New Thinking--New Education
Eva Nordland
2. Learning Our Way to a Human Future
Betty Reardon
3. New Thinking: Its Application for New Learning
Valentina Mitina
4. "Big Ideas" of Ecology That Every Peace Educator Should Know
Willard J. Jacobson
5. Social Responsibility and Ecological Culture through Ecological Education
Sergei Polozov
6. Educational Planning for an Ecological Future
Susan Ahearn
7. Education for Democracy, Social Responsibility, and Creative Activity in the Russia of Today
Anatoly Golovatenko
8. Peace Education, Social Responsibility, and Cooperation
Galina Kovalyova
9. Ecological Leadership in an Age of Diminishing Superpower Expectations
Robert W. Zuber
10. Steps to a Renewal of Education: Concluding Words
Eva Nordland
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
About the Authors
Suggested Readings

Betty Reardon is Director of the Peace Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Long active in a number of international organizations and movements, she has served on the Council of the International Peace Research Association, the Council of the University of Peace, and the International Jury of the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education. Her previous publications are in the areas of women's issues, human rights, alternative security systems, and teaching and learning the skills of peacemaking, including Women and Peace: Feminist Visions of Global Security, also published by SUNY Press. Eva Nordland is Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Pedagogical Research, University of Oslo, Norway.


"The most striking feature of this book is the fact that a group of highly qualified scholars and educators collaborated before the dissolution of the Soviet Union exchanging ideas and practical programs for teaching ecological and cooperative education. They modeled the process they advocate. They changed their own thinking to understand the thinking of others. They couched their concerns in a framework of human rights, political and social responsibility, and practical transformations of national educational approaches that are often myopic and competitive. While accenting some positive educational trends within their national borders, they also criticized cultural and educational limitations. " — Anne Shepard, Associate Superintendent of Schools, Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri