ERIC Number: ED375046
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Everybody Wins: Mediation in the Schools. Bar/School Partnership Programs.
Wolowiec, Jack, Ed.
This collection of four short articles describes initiatives of the American Bar Association that bring the skills of mediation to the classroom. Suzanne Miller discusses a program that trains students to become mediators equipped to resolve disputes in their school peacefully. The program turns problem students into positive role models, teaches problem-solving and decision-making, and promotes leadership abilities. After a discussion of the history of conflict resolution in the United States, Miller describes the factors that have contributed to the success of a training program at Gifford Elementary School in Racine, Wisconsin. Reporting on the success of pilot programs in Cleveland, Ohio, Elisabeth T. Dreyfuss explains the costs and procedures for introducing the mediation process in schools and the benefits it contributes, particularly the reduction in disruptive behavior and the improvement in the learning environment. In an article on peer mediation in Rich Township High Schools, Cook County, Illinois, Anthony Moriarty and Shirley P. McDonald argue that mediation programs provide an ideal opportunity for students to participate democratically in solving disciplinary problems. Melinda Smith assesses efforts to introduce mediation into juvenile justice settings, with special attention to the New Mexico Center for Dispute Resolution, and concludes that these initiatives hold great promise for improving juvenile justice in the United States. (JD)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Discipline, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Juvenile Justice, Law Related Education, Middle Schools, Social Studies, Teaching Methods
American Bar Association, Special Committee on Youth Education for Citizenship, 541 North Fairbanks, Chicago, IL 60611-3314.
Publication Type: Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of Law-Related Education.
Authoring Institution: American Bar Association, Chicago, IL. Special Committee on Youth Education for Citizenship.