ERIC Number: ED378108
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Mediation in the Schools. ERIC Digest.
Trevaskis, David Keller
This digest discusses mediation as a form of conflict management that is receiving widespread attention in schools. Mediation involves a neutral third person, called a mediator, who assists the disputants in resolving their problem with the consent of all parties. It offers a risk-free way to settle disputes for the parties involved. Unresolved and lingering conflict frequently leads to violence, interfering with productivity and the quality of life in schools and the community. Extensive data illustrate that instances of violence, including bias-related violence and disciplinary problems in schools, are severely interfering with the learning environment of students. The rising incidence of violence in the schools has led numerous school districts to implement a wide range of costly safety measures from purchasing metal detectors to hiring fulltime police officers. Because such measures do not attack the causes of violence, there is a growing consensus that the best way to handle violence in the schools and prevent its spread throughout the community is to defuse disputes before they turn violent. The Digest describes the formation of The National Association for Mediation in Education (NAME), provides an address and telephone number for the organization, and discusses how mediation is being used in the schools. The American Bar Association's five-part mediation procedure model is outlined. An 11-item list of references and ERIC resources concludes this digest. (DK)
Descriptors: Conflict Resolution, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Interpersonal Communication, Peer Counseling, Peer Mediation, Problem Solving, Resource Materials, School Security, Student Behavior, Violence
ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, 2805 East Tenth Street, Suite 120, Bloomington, IN 47408.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Bar Association Chicago, IL. National Law-Related Education Resource Center.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Bloomington, IN.; Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for Law-Related Education, Bloomington, IN.