ERIC Number: ED250254
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Alternatives to Violence: A Manual for Teaching Peacemaking to Youth and Adults.
Bickmore, Kathy; And Others
Designed as a guide to teaching an introductory course in creative conflict resolution for adults and teenagers in school and community settings, this resource manual describes active, experiential learning activities. The alternatives to violence course is structured into twenty 45-minute units (a total of 15 hours). Sessions 1-3 examine kinds of violence, the nature of violence, and institutional violence. Session 4 deals with basic responses to conflict and historical cases of nonviolent action. Sessions 5-7 focus on the development of nonviolent alternatives, including active listening, group facilitation and consensus, and negotiation and leadership. Session 8 explores differences between violence and nonviolence and session 9 examines elementary skills necessary for active nonviolent self-defense. Sessions 10-12 deal with confronting violence, alternatives to violence on the community level, and problem solving. In session 13, students apply concepts and skills for interpersonal and community conflict resolution to global problems. A session on nonviolent national defense (session 14) is followed by a session promoting nonviolence as a philosophy or lifestyle. Sessions 16 and 17 relate personal lifestyles to global conflict resolution through problem-solving exercises involving current events. In sessions 18 and 19, students learn to influence the U.S. political system through effective letter-writing and steps toward global nonviolence are discussed. A course evaluation sheet is presented in the final session. The manual concludes with a bibliography, glossary, description of games, and a list of conflict scenarios. (LH)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Conflict, Conflict Resolution, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Experiential Learning, Global Approach, Interpersonal Communication, Learning Activities, Moral Issues, National Defense, Peace, Problem Solving, Secondary Education, Social Control, Violence
Alternatives to Violence Committee of the Cleveland Friends Meeting, 10916 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106 ($6.95, plus $1.00 postage and handling; $4.25, plus postage for nonprofit distributors; quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alternatives to Violence Committee of the Cleveland Friends Meeting, OH.
Note: Assistance provided by the Peace Development Fund, Amherst, MA.