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ERIC Number: ED027621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb-6
Pages: 16
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Conflict and School-Community Relations.
Nussel, Edward J.
To test a restructured version of the Simmelian theory of conflict, which holds that conflict can result in conciliation, cooperation, and other benefits, interviews were conducted with 14 leaders of metropolitan community groups who had been active in five separate conflict situations with the local board of education. The objective of the study was to understand the resultant attitudes of these people in an attempt to ascertain whether or not the experience was beneficial to them. Nineteen negative and 11 positive elements were extracted from the interview replies, with a frequency of 64 negative and 50 positive elements. These findings indicate that conflict between the schools and their communities should be avoided because of the dominance of dysfunctional elements. However, the gratification derived from conflict by certain individuals suggests that conflict eruption needs empirical investigation before one can safely generalize concerning its benefits. A 35-item bibliography is included. (HW)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Amer. Educ. Res. Assn. (Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 6, 1969).