ERIC Number: ED326912
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
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An Analysis of Conflict Management in Grades 3 through 8.
Mild, Robert E., Jr.
This study examined eight research questions designed to measure students' perceptions of conflict management in the classroom (grades three through eight). In addition to assessing students' satisfaction with the particular conflict management strategies, student self-concept was also measured to determine if the level of self-concept had any bearing on the students' degree of satisfaction. Subjects for this study were 178 students enrolled in grades three through eight of a school system located outside of a small, midwestern city. Results indicated that several of the questions produced significant results that led to an improvement of conflict management in the classroom. Although the findings of this research are not as straightforward as they might be, several of the results do improve on the picture of conflict management in the classroom. Strategy F, mutuality of concern, was the conflict management technique that was most often identified by the students. Strategy B, the invoking of class rules, also received considerable support from the students. Now that certain strategies have been identified, teachers may be in a better position to use these conflict-managing techniques to their advantage in dealing with problems that arise in the classroom. By effective application, the teacher should be making improvements toward creation of a more pleasant, more productive educational environment for both student and teacher alike. (Fourteen tables of data are included and 17 references are attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Conflict Management
Note: Published by EDINFO Press.