Innovation and International Education

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Paper title Innovation and International Education
Paper author(s) Edward Leslie Edmonds
Proceedings title Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (Halifax, Canada, June 2, 1981)
Date 1981
Abstract Objectives and realities of education for international understanding, cooperation, and peace are examined. Information is presented in six major sections. In Section I, various meanings of international education are explored. In addition, central concerns of international education are identified, including respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, tolerance for differences of opinion, and ability to be objective and free from prejudice. Section II suggests how to cross national boundaries through an international curriculum emphasizing UNESCO's concepts of world peace and knowledge and appreciation of other cultures. Section III describes an ideal core curriculum for a university-level world studies course. The course would incorporate information from seven areas--the nature of man, the ecology of human and natural species, culture, social and economic consequences of development, values, resolution of differing points of view, and peaceful relations. Section IV describes innovative programs which currently exist at different grade levels in various countries to teach students about international understanding. Also described are peace proposals made by individual researchers and research groups. Section V offers concluding remarks about the need for world peace and about the ways in which educators can work towards peaceful objectives. Recommendations include that educators consistently stress the importance of non-violent solutions to world problems and work to help students recognize the essential equality of all peoples. The final section offers a bibliography of peace-related references. (DB)

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