Classrooms in Peace: Preliminary Results of a Multi-component Program

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Cecilia Ramos
Ana María Nieto
Enrique Chaux

Abstract

Classrooms in Peace is aimed at preventing aggressive behaviors and promoting peaceful coexistence through 1) a curriculum for the development of citizenship competencies in the classroom; 2) extracurricular reinforcement in groups of two initially aggressive and four prosocial children; 3) workshops for, visits and phone calls to family mothers/fathers. A first implementation of the complete program showed a drastic decrease in aggressive behaviors and indiscipline and a considerable increase in prosocial behaviors, adherence to rules, and friendship networks among classmates. The combination of universal components and targeted components for those most in need seems to be highly valuable, especially in violent contexts.

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Cecilia Ramos, Colegio la Giralda, Asociación Alianza Educativa


Ana María Nieto, Universidad de los Andes

Researcher, Department of Psychology

Enrique Chaux, Universidad de los Andes

Director of the Classrooms in Peace Multi-component Program and of the Aggression, Conflicts and Education for Coexistence research team.