ERIC Number: ED390965
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
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Resolving the Conflict Maze in Secondary School.
Gill, Walter; Frierson, Sylvia
The rush to establish conflict resolution strategies in the schools has created a maze of programs based on a number of models. By themselves, these programs are not sufficient to promote peace among youth, since they do not transcend the interpersonal level to consider the involvement of groups of students, the community, and families. Resolving the conflict resolution maze at the secondary school level can be achieved by developing peace and prevention plans based on the best practice program models available. Evidence is beginning to emerge that cooperative learning experiences are effective in conflict resolution curricula. Review of effective programs points out the importance of multidisciplinary approaches and the necessity of considering peer relationships in conflict resolution. One of the most effective strategies in helping students develop internal discipline and in ensuring a safe school environment is that of crisis intervention. The Mark Twain School (Montgomery County, Maryland), a middle and senior high school for students with social, emotional, learning, and behavioral difficulties, provides an example of conflict resolution approaches and crisis intervention that is effective. Each secondary school must develop a peace and prevention plan to resolve the conflicts and violence in the schools using models that are most appropriate for the particular school. (Contains 33 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mark Twain School MD
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Urban Issues (2nd, Buffalo, NY, October 28-31, 1995).