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    Symposium: Citizenship Competencies in the Midst of a Violent Political Conflict

    The Colombian Educational Response

    Enrique Chaux
    In this article, Enrique Chaux considers the effect that an environment replete with violent political conflict has on children. He cites literature that points to higher levels of aggressive and violent behaviors among children in these settings. Then he examines the case of Colombia and an educational initiative that attempted to foster stronger citizenship competencies among its students. The program, Aulas en Paz, experienced success in lowering aggressive behaviors in students and increasing citizenship competencies among its participants.

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    Enrique Chaux is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. He leads a research group that studies conflicts, aggression, and bullying as well as the development of socioemotional competencies that promote peaceful relationships among children and adolescents. He led the design and evaluation of Aulas en Paz (Classrooms in Peace), a school-based multicomponent program for the promotion of peaceful relationships and the prevention of aggression. He also led the teams that designed the Colombian National Test of Citizenship Competencies and took part in the team designing the Latin American component of the IEA international test of civic education. Chaux has written several articles and books about aggression, citizenship competencies, and peaceful relationships.

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    Spring 2009 Issue

    Abstracts

    Indigenous Knowledges and the Story of the Bean
    Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy and Emma Maughan
    Latino Students’ Transitions to College
    A Social and Intercultural Capital Perspective
    Anne-Marie Nuñez
    Identity Development and Mentoring in Doctoral Education
    Leigh A. Hall and Leslie D. Burns
    Symposium: Education and Violent Political Conflict
    Introduction
    Symposium: Identity versus Peace
    Identity Wins
    Zvi Bekerman
    Symposium: Citizenship Competencies in the Midst of a Violent Political Conflict
    The Colombian Educational Response
    Enrique Chaux
    Symposium: War News Radio
    Conflict Education through Student Journalism
    Emily Hager
    Symposium: The Other Side of the Story
    Israeli and Palestinian Teachers Write a History Textbook Together
    Shoshana Steinberg and Dan Bar-On
    Symposium: Curriculum and Civil Society in Afghanistan
    Adele Jones
    Symposium: Educational Reconstruction “By the Dawn’s Early Light”
    Violent Political Conflict and American Overseas Education Reform
    Noah W. Sobe
    Symposium: The Social (and Economic) Implications of Being an Educated Woman in Iran
    Mitra Shavarini
    Symposium: Interview with Jacques Bwira Hope Primary School Kampala, Uganda
    The Editors

    Book Notes

    So Much Reform, So Little Change
    by Charles M. Payne

    Corridor Cultures
    by Maryann Dickar

    In a Reading State of Mind
    by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Diane Lapp