ERIC Number: ED363848
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Mediation for Kids: Kids in Dispute Settlement. Second Edition.
Schmidt, Fran; And Others
The Kids in Dispute Settlement mediation program for grades 3 through 12 recognizes that conflicts are a part of everyone's life and that students can responsibly and constructively solve their own conflicts. Mediation uses the help of a third party to facilitate the conflict resolution process by working out differences non-judgementally. Student mediators are used because they do not threaten other students and can promote cooperation. Mediator training lessons are organized sequentially. They include objective, vocabulary, procedure, student pages, introduction, discussion questions, and closure. Student mediators should reflect the school population; and it must be clearly recognized that disputes involving weapons, drugs, and physical or sexual abuse are not cases for mediation. Confidentiality is emphasized, and a procedure is explained for situations in which mediation does not resolve the conflict. The following sections are presented: (1) "Setting the Stage"; (2) "Understanding Conflict"; (3) "Listening, Paraphrasing, Probing"; and (4) "The Mediation Process." Each section contains student activities to reinforce the messages and provide mediation practice. (SLD)
Descriptors: Children, Classroom Techniques, Communication Skills, Conflict Resolution, Decision Making, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Peer Influence, Peer Relationship, Problem Solving, Secondary School Students, Student Role
Peace Education Foundation, Inc., 2627 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33137 ($19.95, plus $2 shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Abrams (Grace Contrino) Peace Education Foundation, Inc., Miami Beach, FL.