The third issue of the Research in Human Rights Education Papers Series has been published. The paper by Dr. Kevin Chin describes facilitators' educational beliefs about human rights education. "Exploring Facilitators' Beliefs about Human Rights Education: Evidence of Universal and Local Influences" indicates that educational beliefs are both significant factors and viable research foci involved in the professional practices of facilitators working in non-formal contexts.
This empirical study aimed at answering the following research questions: (a) what educational beliefs about human rights eduction (HRE) guide the professional practices of facilitators in non-formal educational contexts? and (b) which of these beliefs are shared and which are idiosyncratic? The results from this investigation have provided insight into some of the psychological components that play a role in facilitators' professional practices. Four primary dimensions of educational beliefs were used as a starting point for describing a significant number of educational beliefs about HRE. These results raised the possibility that shared beliefs may be universal and unbounded by geographic location, while idiosyncratic beliefs are localized and linked to specific situations.
Through the Research in Human Rights Education Papers Series HREA hopes to encourage more research on the impact of human rights education and make the results available to practitioners, academics and funders. Read further and download the research paper.