ERIC Number: ED371983
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Dealing with Differences: Conflict Resolution in Our Schools.
Educators for Social Responsibility, Cambridge, MA.
A need exists in schools for conflict resolution programs to help young people deal with differences. This booklet describes the Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR) conflict resolution program. The program follows nine key concepts: (1) conflict is a part of life; (2) many conflict situations can achieve "win-win" solutions; (3) resolution of a conflict is not always possible; (4) conflict resolution is best taught in the context of a caring community characterized by cooperation, effective communication, emotional strength, appreciation of differences, and recognition of common purposes; (5) the ability to take other perspectives is central to dealing constructively with differences; (6) dialogue is an effective form for discussing controversial issues; (7) the study of interventions helps students begin to understand the underlying dynamics of conflict; (8) the awareness and appreciation of differences is important to cultivate in students; and (9) the roots of violence and social conflict often lie in inequality and injustice. Eleven distinguishing features of the ESR's approach are rooted in beliefs about effective teaching and learning. Descriptions of six activities leading to social responsibility concludes the booklet. (CK)
Descriptors: Community Cooperation, Conflict Resolution, Decision Making, Discussion, Elementary Secondary Education, Individual Differences, Interpersonal Communication, Perspective Taking, Problem Solving, Profiles, Program Descriptions, Racial Differences, Social Differences
Educators for Social Responsibility, 23 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 ($1.75).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Educators for Social Responsibility, Cambridge, MA.