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Peace education and leadership: Leadership training in a high school in East Harlem (NYC)

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This paper examines leadership training as a tool for peace education within formal and informal educational contexts. Drawing on the experience of implementing a leadership component within a Senior Seminar in a high school in East Harlem, the paper explores methodologies for engaging youth in critical reflection and social action using leadership as a guiding concept.
The project implemented was designed to generate spaces and experiences through which students build self-awareness, analytical skills, and empowerment in order to explore, plan and put into practice alternatives for their futures. Utilizing a peace education framework which blends critical analysis and an ethics of care, the course involved students in a collaborative exploration of the concept and practice of leadership, culminating in community-based action projects. The process emphasized student’s personal growth through self-exploration and skill-building, and also encouraged projection towards participating in social change based in the idea of positive peace. The experience of this project suggests that leadership can be considered a vital strategy for peace education, and also offers methodologies for re-framing leadership training from within a peace education perspective.
The paper presented will offer lessons and reflections from the experience of implementing this project in order to inform both literature related to the ongoing conceptualization of peace education in diverse contexts, as well as to offer insights for future practice. It concludes with an identification of avenues for further research.

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Name: 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society
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Bermeo, Maria Jose. and Vega, Laura. "Peace education and leadership: Leadership training in a high school in East Harlem (NYC)" 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, May 01, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p494017_index.html>

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Bermeo, M. and Vega, L. , 2011-05-01 "Peace education and leadership: Leadership training in a high school in East Harlem (NYC)" 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/p494017_index.html

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Abstract: This paper examines leadership training as a tool for peace education within formal and informal educational contexts. Drawing on the experience of implementing a leadership component within a Senior Seminar in a high school in East Harlem, the paper explores methodologies for engaging youth in critical reflection and social action using leadership as a guiding concept.
The project implemented was designed to generate spaces and experiences through which students build self-awareness, analytical skills, and empowerment in order to explore, plan and put into practice alternatives for their futures. Utilizing a peace education framework which blends critical analysis and an ethics of care, the course involved students in a collaborative exploration of the concept and practice of leadership, culminating in community-based action projects. The process emphasized student’s personal growth through self-exploration and skill-building, and also encouraged projection towards participating in social change based in the idea of positive peace. The experience of this project suggests that leadership can be considered a vital strategy for peace education, and also offers methodologies for re-framing leadership training from within a peace education perspective.
The paper presented will offer lessons and reflections from the experience of implementing this project in order to inform both literature related to the ongoing conceptualization of peace education in diverse contexts, as well as to offer insights for future practice. It concludes with an identification of avenues for further research.


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