Educating for Peace and Social Justice: Intentional Learning in a Criminal Justice Classroom

Susan L. Caulfield, Western Michigan University
Kristen DeVall, Western Michigan University

This paper reports on work done within an undergraduate program in criminal justice where the focus is on creating an intentional learning environment that promotes principles of peace and social justice. The contention of the authors is that in order to effectively teach about peace and social justice, it is imperative that teachers create environments where such principles can be modeled and upheld. The work discussed in this paper is based on evaluation of several undergraduate courses where intentional practices are outlined, discussed and implemented. The evaluation consists of reflection on the part of teachers, plus feedback and reflection from the students themselves.

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