ERIC Number: ED312750
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Research Results and Final Report for the Dispute Management in the Schools Project. PCR Working Paper Series.
Araki, Charles T.; And Others
To develop and test an experimental model of dispute or conflict management through mediation in a school complex, and to examine the basic nature of conflict in schools, the Dispute Management in the Schools Project (DMSP) was conducted. The 3-year mediation project, begun in January 1986, involved an elementary school, an intermediate school, a high school, and five additional nonproject schools for comparison. A case study model was followed. The techniques for gathering information included questionnaires, multiple interviews, three school climate surveys, and school profile reports. Results indicate that the DMSP, as it was developed and installed, had a good start in the three schools. Mediation proved to be effective in managing student/student disputes, but additional research is recommended to determine the effectiveness of mediation in student/school or school/community conflict. The majority of those involved believed that the mediation project had positive effects on the climate of the schools; however, in most cases, the school climate assessments, pattern analyses, and school profile data did not indicate any discernible changes. The project was successful in developing a mediation project model for further use or for expansion. (20 references) (Author/KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Palo Alto, CA.
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Manoa. Program on Conflict Resolution.; Hawaii State Dept. of Education, Honolulu.