ERIC Number: ED370031
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Decreasing Physical and Verbal Aggression in Fifth Grade Students through Conflict Resolution Training.
Cassell, Joan R.
This practicum was designed to decrease the number of aggressive responses to conflict by fifth grade students. The goal was to increase student awareness of peaceful resolutions while decreasing the number of teacher interventions in student conflicts. To educate students on conflict resolution, the Community Board Curriculum for conflict resolution was employed, which was supplemented by other activities such as dramatic role playing. To measure the extent of the problem and the efficacy of the program, a frequency chart was used for observation as well as student self-reports and teacher questionnaires. Program results indicated a 23% decrease in physically aggressive responses and a 15% reduction in verbal aggression. The number of students who reported that they knew how to settle a conflict peacefully rose from 31 to 60 out of 83 respondents. No changes occurred in the number of teacher interventions which may have been due to the teachers' desire to be involved in any resolution as it relates to the classroom. Results indicate that conflict resolution programs are effective with elementary school students and that such programs do not need to be elaborate or lengthy to work. Six tables are included which summarize the data. Three appendices give samples of student and teacher questionnaires. (RJM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.