ERIC Number: ED050373
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Interpersonal Understanding in De-Polarization of Antagonistic Groups.
Peck, DuBois W.; Miller, Monroe J.
This paper reports one attempt to study and work toward the resolution of conflict in an inner city school. Specifically, this investigation was concerned with resolving conflict between students and teachers in an urban school by attempting to: (1) establish effective communication between these groups; and (2) improve understanding so that mutual problems could be resolved. With respect to problems of communication and understanding, the results indicate: (1) effective communication was established through use of a tape recording exchange procedure; (2) the levels of agreement and understanding between students and teachers were initially high and remained high throughout the investigation; and (3) the basis for existing disagreement was identified in terms of differential cue weighting. It was deemed that the ability to identify the precise basis of the existing disagreement directly led to the implementation of a program which substantially improved relations between students and teachers in this particular setting. (Author/TA)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Boulder. Inst. of Behavioral Science.
Note: Paper presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Convention in Denver, Colorado, May 12-15, 1971