ERIC Number: ED363082
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Conflict Resolution: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum Approach.
Reganick, Karol A.
A conflict resolution curriculum is suggested as a pilot program in a classroom for students with behavior disorders, as these students have more referrals for detention and suspension and more encounters with law enforcement agencies than do other students. Using a modeling approach, all students would subsequently benefit, as the program expands to regular classrooms and is used to reduce behavior problems as well as enhance problem-solving, language, and communication skills. The curriculum integrates conflict resolution into language, literature, social studies, employability skills, and life skills curriculums. The goal of the semester-long curriculum is to provide students with new attitudes and skills for coping with conflict. The curriculum's eight objectives include: (1) define and discuss violence, (2) examine how violence is portrayed in various media, (3) examine student anger and tendencies toward violence, (4) analyze the dangers of fighting or becoming involved in a violent incident, (5) understand the principles of conflict resolution and demonstrate being able to use them to resolve conflicts, (6) look at the philosophical views of peacemakers to illustrate the principles of nonviolence, (7) examine what the community expects of its citizens, and (8) develop a task force to mediate disputes. Learning activities and specific curriculum components are outlined. Both formative and summative curriculum evaluation is encouraged. (Contains 17 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Behavior Disorders, Conflict Resolution, Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Demonstration Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Integrated Curriculum, Learning Activities, Problem Solving, Skill Development, Student Attitudes, Teaching Models, Violence
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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