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Promoting interethnic dialogue in the Balkans through human rights and civic education

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The purpose of this paper is to examine the design, implementation, and qualitative evaluation of a two year project that adapted the Center for Civic Education’s Project Citizen curricular program for use in societies marked by discord through an emphasis on human rights. This project was implemented in selected classrooms at the secondary level in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo with the objective of encouraging a more cohesive, tolerant, democratic culture. Primary research on this project focused on whether including human rights education and units on identity and community adheres to standards for effective civic education and human rights education, fosters civic dispositions, and increases awareness of and respect for human rights in areas that are considered divided societies or former conflict zones. This presentation will focus largely on data gathered during the implementation of the project, including interviews and focus groups, particularly those conducted at the culminating activity: a week-long showcase and democracy camp that brought together 120 students from the three participating sites. An unexpected finding that became apparent during that culminating event and will be explored further in this presentation was the use of English among students from all three countries as a neutral language for interethnic dialogue.
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Benitez, Arlene. "Promoting interethnic dialogue in the Balkans through human rights and civic education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493915_index.html>

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Benitez, A. "Promoting interethnic dialogue in the Balkans through human rights and civic education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493915_index.html

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Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to examine the design, implementation, and qualitative evaluation of a two year project that adapted the Center for Civic Education’s Project Citizen curricular program for use in societies marked by discord through an emphasis on human rights. This project was implemented in selected classrooms at the secondary level in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo with the objective of encouraging a more cohesive, tolerant, democratic culture. Primary research on this project focused on whether including human rights education and units on identity and community adheres to standards for effective civic education and human rights education, fosters civic dispositions, and increases awareness of and respect for human rights in areas that are considered divided societies or former conflict zones. This presentation will focus largely on data gathered during the implementation of the project, including interviews and focus groups, particularly those conducted at the culminating activity: a week-long showcase and democracy camp that brought together 120 students from the three participating sites. An unexpected finding that became apparent during that culminating event and will be explored further in this presentation was the use of English among students from all three countries as a neutral language for interethnic dialogue.


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