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Pedagogical dilemmas among Bedouin-Palestinian peace educators in Israel

Pedagogical dilemmas among Bedouin-Palestinian peace educators in Israel The purpose of this study is to learn how minority peace educators grapple with dilemmas related to their involvement in peace programs.Design/methodology/approachA total of 15 male teachers, members of the minority Bedouin community in Israel, all peace educators, provided their reactions to three dilemmas, addressing various facets of the strained relations of their community with the Jewish-Israeli majority, as influenced by the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.FindingsThe responses to these dilemmas suggest that when it comes to questions of the identity of these teachers as members of a marginalized community, their responses considerably diverge. This is not the case when it comes to their identity as peace educators.Originality/valueThis suggests that if the aim is to bring peace educators, members of minority groups in conflict zones, to harness their potential to bring about positive change, their peace activist identities must be strengthened. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal for Multicultural Education Emerald Publishing

Pedagogical dilemmas among Bedouin-Palestinian peace educators in Israel

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
2053-535X
DOI
10.1108/jme-03-2019-0022
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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to learn how minority peace educators grapple with dilemmas related to their involvement in peace programs.Design/methodology/approachA total of 15 male teachers, members of the minority Bedouin community in Israel, all peace educators, provided their reactions to three dilemmas, addressing various facets of the strained relations of their community with the Jewish-Israeli majority, as influenced by the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.FindingsThe responses to these dilemmas suggest that when it comes to questions of the identity of these teachers as members of a marginalized community, their responses considerably diverge. This is not the case when it comes to their identity as peace educators.Originality/valueThis suggests that if the aim is to bring peace educators, members of minority groups in conflict zones, to harness their potential to bring about positive change, their peace activist identities must be strengthened.

Journal

Journal for Multicultural EducationEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 20, 2019

Keywords: Israel; Teachers; Peace education; Bedouin; Teaching dilemmas

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