ERIC Number: ED346425
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
School-Based Peer Mediation Programs: A Natural Extension of Developmental Guidance Programs.
School-based peer mediation programs are natural extensions of the kindergarten-grade 12 developmental guidance programs. Peer mediation programs not only provide schools with alternatives to traditional discipline practices, but also teach students important life skills. Existing research on peer mediation is very limited, yet promising. This paper highlights five successful school-based peer mediation programs around the country, presenting research on their effectiveness and discussing issues facing school counselors who wish to introduce a school-based peer mediation program into their schools. The five programs described include: (1) PROJECT SMART (School Mediators Alternative Resolution Team), implemented in several of New York City's high schools; (2) the Conflict Manager Program implemented by the Community Board of San Francisco and adapted for schools in North Carolina; (3) the Wakefield Junior High Peer Mediation Program implemented in Tucson, Arizona and modeled after the Conflict Manager Model; (4) the Hawaii Mediation Project, first piloted at Farrington High School and now serving 12 high schools, and intermediate schools in Hawaii; and (5) the Mediation in the Schools' Program in New Mexico. Following descriptions of each program and the research conducted to evaluate each program, there are sections discussing characteristics of successful programs, issues in selecting and training mediators, and implications for school counselors. (NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
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