Transformative Education in Precarious Times: Educational and Pedagogical Possibilities

2 credits / 6 weeks weeks
6 Nov 2023 - 17 Dec 2023

Professor Stephanie Knox Steiner

Education has oppressive and liberatory potentials. It holds the possibility to uphold, reinforce, and perpetuate the status quo of separation, domination, and violence, or serve as a pathway of transformation and liberation towards other ways of being, knowing, and living that honor life and our interconnectedness. If we wish to see more just, peaceful, sustainable worlds, we need to create educational spaces for learning and unlearning towards them, and we need to cultivate spaces in which we can imagine, embody, and practice them now. In this online course, we will explore different branches of transformative education such as peace education, human rights education, global citizenship education, and education for sustainable development. We will explore best practices and possibilities from these fields, as well as their limitations, and dream and envision with and beyond them.

This course explores education in the broadest sense, from formal to informal settings, and is open to anyone with an interest in exploring education as a pathway of transformation. It is ideal for educators who are looking for new inspiration in their work, parents with school-age children, students and life-long learners (which we believe includes everyone!).

Stephanie Knox Steiner

Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Peace Education Programme, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies

Stephanie Marie Knox Steiner, PhD (she/her) is Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of the Peace Education programme at the University for Peace (UPEACE), established by the UN General Assembly. She earned her doctorate in the Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Ecopsychologies specialization from Pacifica Graduate Institute and holds a masters in Peace Education from the University for Peace. She has taught college-level courses on peace and conflict studies and developed peace and nonviolence education programmes for organizations such as Teachers Without Borders and the Metta Center for Nonviolence. She co-founded and coordinates the Jill Knox Humor for Peace Fellowship programme, which offers professional development to peace studies scholars through the Humor Academy of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor with the intention of building peace through humor. She is a student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing, and a member of the Earth Holder Community caretaking council. Her teaching and research interests currently lie at the intersection of peace education, decolonial pedagogies, and unschooling/deschooling/self-directed education.



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