Thursday, January 10, 2008

Classrooms in Peace: Preliminary Results of a Multi-component Program

Interamerican Journal of Education for Democracy

Title: Classrooms in Peace: Preliminary Results of a Multi-component Program

Authors: Cecilia Ramos, School Vice-Chancellor,La Giralda School, Asociación Alianza Educativa, Bogotá, Colombia, Ana María Nieto Psychologist and Anthropologist, Department of Psychology, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, Enrique Chaux Director of the Classrooms in Peace Multi-component Program and of the Aggression, Conflicts and Education for Coexistence research team.

Full document can be found at:

Publish: Interamerican Journal of Education for Democracy, Vol 1, Number 1, 2007

Abstract: Classrooms in Peace is aimed at preventing aggressive behaviors and promoting peaceful coexistence through 1) a curriculum for the development of citizenship competencies in the classroom; 2) extracurricular reinforcement in groups of two initially aggressive and four prosocial children; 3) workshops for, visits and phone calls to family mothers/fathers. A first implementation of the complete program showed a drastic decrease in aggressive behaviors and indiscipline and a considerable increase in prosocial behaviors, adherence to rules, and friendship networks among classmates. The combination of universal components and targeted components for those most in need seems to be highly valuable, especially in violent contexts.