Friday, April 23, 2010

Presenting paper in Denver May 3rd

My New Zealand colleagues and I will be presenting a paper at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in Denver Monday, May 3rd. See the details below.

Creating Peaceful Schools Through a Continuity of Caring Relationships

Schedule Information:

Scheduled Time: Mon, May 3 - 4:05pm - 6:05pm Building/Room: Colorado Convention Center / Room 608
In Session Submission: Expanding the Vision, Theory, and Practice of Peace Education in Diverse Contexts


Tom Cavanagh (Walden University)
Angus Hikairo Macfarlane (University of Waikato)
Ted Glynn (University of Waikato)
Sonja Macfarlane (Ministry of Education in New Zealand)


This project addresses the critical question: How can we make our schools safe? Two fields of student discipline and teacher pedagogy are examined. The impact of disparity is critically reviewed regarding American and New Zealand students who are marginalized, racialized, and minoritized. This paper continues presentations to the Peace Education SIG regarding the evolving theory of a culture of care in schools. The purpose of this study was to expand the theory by investigating the impact of a professional development intervention at a New Zealand high school. Participatory action research was chosen as the research design because it is appropriate regarding social justice issues. One finding centers on building the capacity of students and their teachers to solve problems nonviolently.