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• P A R T T W O • Activism through Everyday Acts of Teaching • C H A P T E R S I X • Teaching Social Studies through an Empathetic Lens to Understand Human Conflict Nicole Lynne Bannick In order to understand the ways in which humans communicate, it is impor- tant to accept conflict as a piece of the communication process. When teach- ing, students should be aware that major turning points in history stem from misunderstandings based on differing cultural norms, varied conflict styles, and ethnocentrism. Inevitably, these factors contribute to intercultural mis- communication. Identifying with one’s own cultural norms, ideologies, and ethnocentric views provides a basis for understanding why society may act or not act in a particular way. Applying the basic understanding of human com- munication and why people behave the way they do to a social studies curricu- lum will assist students in interpreting historical interactions influenced by societal standards and ideologies of the time. Perhaps if we approach the teaching of social studies in a way that addresses the present in reflection of the past by making connections to the reasons why humans fight, students will understand history as a human process. Teachers play a role in engaging stu- dents on such processes. Students should be encouraged to understand the cultural differences that existed and still exist today between warring countries. Such differences contribute to the variations in conflict styles, and the process of conflict resolution. Students can understand history as a human process through...
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