ERIC Number: ED115521
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov-26
Reference Count: 0
Conflict and Conflict Resolution: Teacher Education to Improve the Teaching Environment.
Diem, Richard A.
The general purposes of this study were to determine what consitutes conflict situations in a suburban high school and how these situations are viewed by parents, teachers, and students. The high school used in this study was one of four high schools within a large school district located in the northwest corner of Cook County, Illinois. The research study consisted of nonparticipant behavior observations and administration of statistical instruments. The questionnaires consisted of identifying information (the independent variables) and posing questions about conflict, conflict situations, and conflict-solving mechanisms (the dependent variables). The major conclusions drawn from both the behavior observation and the questionnaires were that conflict was caused by four distinctive types of behavior: cutting classes, using drugs, smoking cigarettes, and drinking alcoholic beverages. Teachers and parents accepted the authoritarian role given them. However, it was found that some parents would not use this role in certain situations, yet they expected the school to enforce the rules against these behaviors and sought stringent rules against them. The author suggests that efforts to understand and deal with conflict must take place when teachers are preparing for their new roles. (Author/JR)
Descriptors: Antisocial Behavior, Authoritarianism, Behavior Problems, Classroom Environment, Conflict, Conflict Resolution, Parent Role, Research Projects, Secondary Education, Student Teachers, Teacher Education, Teacher Role
Richard A. Diem, Division of Education, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas 78285 ($4.00)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Atlanta, Georgia, November 26-29, 1975)