Collaborative Problem-based Learning in a Peacekeeping Environment: The Role of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre in International Peacekeeping Training

By Marshall Conley, Ann Livingston and Sarah Meharg.

Published by The Organization Collection

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This workshop will examine the essential features of problem-based learning (PBL) as used to train adults involved in international peace operations.

Keywords: Peacekeeping, Problem-based Learning, Adult Learning, Peace Operations

The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 6, Issue 7, pp.157-170. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.934MB).

Dr. Marshall Conley

Dr. Marshall Conley is the author of more than 135 publications and professional papers. Prior to taking early retirement in June 2000, he was Professor of Political Science at Acadia University ( where he taught courses on the United Nations, Human Rights, Peace Studies, International Organization, Information Technology and Canadian Foreign Policy. He is President of Conley-International Education Consultants. ( Conley-International is a natural outgrowth of the professional and volunteer work that Dr. Conley has undertaken in the last 30 years. During this period he has served on over 20 Canadian delegations to the United Nations, held a variety of Executive positions on national and international bodies, and been an advisor and consultant to Governments and numerous international organisations. He has done training in a variety of venues from Africa (Ghana, Namibia, Libya, The Gambia), Europe (Paris, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia) and North America (Washington, Hawaii, Illinois, Baltimore, Ottawa, Nova Scotia) on subjects ranging from rebuilding war-torn societies, citizenship development, human rights reporting and teaching, to ethical and rights issues on the human genome. He has been associated with the Pearson International Peacekeeping Centre as a trainer and facilitator since its creation in 1994.

Ann Livingston

Dr. Ann Livingstone joined the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre in March 2003. Ann, an academic with 27 years of teaching experience at both the graduate and undergraduate level, is Director of Research at the PPC. In addition, she is the point of contact for visiting scholars and researchers. Prior to joining the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, Ann taught at Union University in Tennessee, where she was instrumental in the design and development of the Scholar-in-Residence program. In addition, she chaired the Interdisciplinary Studies program. She was also involved in the development of several new courses of study, including Politics of the Developing States, International Organizations and Law, and the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics major. In July 2002, she was invited to participate in a Syrian-American Professors’ Exchange program and taught for several weeks at Al-Ba’ath University (Homs) and at Damascus University. Ann also convened the “Town and Gown Lecture Series”, which offered month-long seminars to the community on such topics of interest as Islam, the Israel-Palestine conflict, and environmental degradation. These seminars provided a mechanism for the university and the community to share expertise and experiences in these areas. Ann received her M.A. in political science from Vanderbilt University where her study focused on the role of third-party intermediaries in crisis situations, specifically analyzing the Cyprus conflict. In her post-graduate study, she worked with Dr. John Vincent of Nuffield College, Oxford. Ann took her Ph.D. in international relations at Keele University.

Sarah Meharg

Dr. Sarah Meharg is Senior Researcher at the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre. She is a graduate of Queen’s University, the Royal Military College of Canada, and the University of Guelph. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Royal Military College and a Research Associate with the Centre for Security and Defence Studies (CSDS), Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA), Carleton University, Ottawa. Dr. Meharg has conducted field research in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey.


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