ERIC Number: ED358535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
The Impact of Conflict Resolution Programs on Schools: A Review and Synthesis of the Evidence.
Lam, Julie A.
This paper offers a synthesis of the existing research on school-based mediation or conflict-resolution programs. Studies of programs in the following six areas are described: Poughkeepsie, New York; New Mexico; Colorado Springs, Colorado; New York City; Chatham County, North Carolina; and Greenfield, Massachusetts. The following elements of each study are highlighted: evaluation goals, school demography, the mediation training program, curriculum, measurement, and evaluation results. A conclusion is that school-based conflict-resolution programs have generally had positive effects on student mediators, the student body, and teachers. Findings, however, are inconclusive because the studies did not use the same evaluation criteria. Findings do suggest that student self-esteem improved and that the programs had high success rates. Suggestions are offered for designing accurate research evaluations of school-based conflict-resolution programs. A program summary chart is included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association for Mediation in Education, Amherst, MA.