ERIC Number: ED368643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
A Dispute Mediation Program: Report on the Cobble Middle School Student-Conducted Program in Tallahassee, Florida, 1993.
Allen, Rodney F.
This conflict mediation program resolves disputes non-violently using teams of two student mediators and a set of formal procedures. These methods improve communication, define issues, and develop alternative paths to resolution. The goals of the program are the prevention of violence, the improvement of human relations, and the building of more peaceful, cooperative communities. The selection of student mediators consists of applications and interviews with a criteria to insure a balance across grades and school demographics. The process for training the student mediators begins with an initial orientation followed by 12 hours of specific training focusing on getting disputants to talk peacefully. The student mediators master and use a six step conflict resolution process: (1) initiation; (2) telling tales; (3) identifying the problem; (4) imagining alternative solutions; (5) narrowing the possible solutions list; and (6) reaching a settlement. The program consists of weekly meetings and a time period for assigned cases 4 days a week. Four issues concerning student mediation arose from the program. Teacher and administrator testimony supports the positive impact of the program upon student mediators and the school community. (CK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Leon County School District FL