ERIC Number: ED338791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Conflict Resolution Programs in Schools. ERIC/CUE Digest Number 74.
This document presents a brief overview of conflict resolution in school settings and defines conflict resolution as: (1) a constructive approach to interpersonal and intergroup conflicts that helps people with opposing positions work together to arrive at mutually acceptable compromise solutions; and (2) as the body of knowledge and practice developed to realize the approach. It also presents categories of program types: (1) programs in which the disputants work among themselves to settle their differences; and (2) programs in which a mediator (an uninvolved impartial third party) helps the disputants reach agreement. The following themes of conflict resolution are reviewed: (1) active listening; (2) cooperation between disputants; (3) acceptance of each other's differences; and (4) creative problem-solving. The value of these programs beyond crime prevention is discussed. The digest highlights the curriculum-based Resolving Conflict Creatively progam operating in New York City (New York) public schools. An examination of program effectiveness looks at evaluation and key components. A final section on the future of conflict resolution discusses inservice teacher training and funding questions. Seven resources and seven references are included. (JB)
Descriptors: Arbitration, Conflict Resolution, Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Interpersonal Communication, Listening Skills, Peer Mediation, Policy Formation, Problem Solving, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Public Schools, Social Problems, Urban Schools
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Box 40, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York NY 10027.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Researchers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.
Identifiers: ERIC Digests