Bristol Conversations in Education - Policy and Pedagogy for Teaching About Recent Conflict
Dr Julia Paulson
Room 4.05/06, 35 Berkeley Square, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1JA
This event is part of the Graduate School of Education's 'Bristol Conversations in Education' seminar series.
Teaching about recent conflict is controversial and difficult. For these and other reasons, teachers, curriculum developers and policy makers sometimes avoid it. However, teaching about conflict is considered part of an education agenda that might contribute towards transitional justice and peace building. This presentation shares a review of approaches to teaching about the violent past that draws on research studies from 11 conflict-affected countries. It finds that in many cases, teaching about conflict is either not part of curriculum or is included in ways that are not conducive to teaching for peace. But, the review also finds promising practice, particularly around teaching that uses a multiple-perspectives approach or that makes the past ‘active’ or ‘usable’ through a single narrative. The presentation ends by considering these approaches and some of the questions that they raise, and by opening a discussion about future research.