Hypocrites or heroes? Thinking about the role of the teacher in human rights education

Jerome, Lee (2018) Hypocrites or heroes? Thinking about the role of the teacher in human rights education. Human Rights Education Review, 1 (2). pp. 46-64. ISSN 2535-5406 (doi:10.7577/hrer.2873)

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Abstract

Human rights education (HRE) seeks to provide young people with an optimistic sense that we can work towards a more peaceful and socially just world, and that everyone can do something to contribute to securing improvement. But, whilst the academic literature and policy documents frequently position teachers as crucial to promoting human rights and social justice, the literature is also replete with examples of teachers’ conservatism, their compliance in the face of authority and their ignorance. In addition, teachers work in institutions which routinely reproduce inequality and promote a narrow individualistic form of competition. This article explores some of the international research literature relating to the role of the teacher in HRE specifically, and more generally in the related fields of citizenship education and social studies, in order to offer some conceptual tools that might be used to critically interrogate practitioners’ own beliefs and actions.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Education
Item ID: 25890
Notes on copyright: Open Access Policy: Human Rights Education Review provides open access to its contents, which means that all articles are available on the internet to all users immediately upon publication. Non-commercial use and distribution in any medium is permitted, provided the author and the journal are properly credited. https://journals.hioa.no/index.php/human/about
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Depositing User: Lee Jerome
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2019 15:52
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2019 21:08
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/25890

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