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ERIC Number: ED372045
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Training To Introduce Conflict Resolution: Community Decision Making.
Larson, Mary Jo
In May 1993, Peace Corps volunteers, environmentalists, and local educators attended a teacher training workshop in Harare, Zimbabwe. A learner-centered model constructed during the workshop represented community decision making, an activity based on simulations developed at George Mason University (Virginia). Using a joint decision making process, teachers from rural schools in Zimbabwe experienced cooperative learning while addressing a local environmental issue. The activity drew on a synthesis of constructivism and conflict resolution theory. This paper explains how the decision making model developed in Zimbabwe can be modified to help students address critical issues in any urban, suburban, or rural environment. The model allows students to become creative problem solvers as they take responsibility for addressing their own concerns. As students construct new solutions to complex problems, the conflict resolution process helps them develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to participate as responsible, open-minded, and creative community members. The document concludes with paragraphs developed to summarize the interests of parties attending the community decision making meetings in Zimbabwe. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Zimbabwe