ERIC Number: ED361631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Students as Mediators. Project Seed.
One of eight papers from Project Seed, this paper discusses an 8-week program on conflict resolution used among fourth- through sixth-graders at one school. The program described could easily be implemented in other schools. Through the program, students are trained in a step-by-step mediation process; those students who become Classroom Mediators demonstrate their skill by role-playing a real life situation that needs conflict resolution. It is noted that Classroom Mediators then work in pairs to help mediate situations in both the playground and the classroom. The paper describes the student participants in the program and lists seven basic program goals: (1) to resolve peer disputes that interfere with the education process; (2) to build a stronger sense of cooperation in the classroom; (3) to improve the school environment by decreasing tension and violence; (4) to increase student participation and leadership skills; (5) to develop practical life skills; (6) to improve student-student and student-teacher relationships; and (7) to build self-esteem. Anticipated outcomes of the program are discussed. Procedures and instructions for the program are provided in 10 steps; the duration of the program is described; materials and facilities needed are given; and a bibliography of seven relevant publications is included. The program cost is estimated to be approximately $200-$300 for materials in the first year. (NB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maine Center for Educational Services.
Note: For other titles in this series, see CG 025 019-025.