ERIC Number: ED231169
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Mediation: A Process That Works (Some Practical Thoughts for School Systems on Mediation of Special Education Disputes).
Ekstrand, Richard E.
The paper examines the issues and process involved in mediation of special education disputes. Mediation is an informal, optional procedure that may save time, money, and emotional strain for both staff and parents. Issues should not be mediated if there is no willingness to accept the mediation decision. Mediation should begin after all efforts at negotiation by staff and legal counsel have failed. Determining who should conduct the mediation is a crucial decision, and in addition to being an uninvolved third party, the mediator should be knowledgeable about legislation and special education and should be able to communicate effectively. The mediator should be prepared (know the facts, issues, the positions of each party, and have alternatives for resolution) and should be fair (assure that the parties know the ground rules and eliminate adversarial conduct). (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (61st, Detroit, MI, April 4-8, 1983).