Francelia Butler's contribution to peace education: peace games a curriculum for teaching peace through play
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The purpose of this study was to examine the contribution of Francelia Butler, professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut, and her Peace Games Program to the field of peace education. Butler's Peace Games program not only uses play as a means for teaching children to think about peaceful resolution of conflict, it also starts at the early childhood level and continues from kindergarten through the eighth grade. My data sources were two major collections of documents relating to Peace Games from Butler’s collection of papers at the University of Connecticut and the Peace Games offices. I interviewed participants who worked with Dr. Butler in developing and implementing her idea for peace education. I analyzed the data according to issues in conflict resolution common to both the rhetorics of play theory (Sutton-Smith, 1997) and the micromacro theory (Turpin & Kurtz, 1997) of the causes of violence.