ERIC Number: ED380908
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb-11
Creating the Peaceable School Mission.
Bodine, Richard; And Others
Some researchers and practitioners believe that schools can play a leading role in preventing violence among youth. This document offers a framework for collaboration that moves from simply recognizing the problem to preparing youth to live peaceably in a diverse community. The "Creating a Peaceable School" program is based on the premise that youth should not only be taught the skills necessary to resolve differences without violence, but that they must also have an opportunity to utilize the skills daily in the community, school, and neighborhood. These life skills are learned by everyone in the school as part of a comprehensive school-based violence-prevention program. Central to the program is the implementation of a noncoercive discipline system designed to teach students self-discipline and responsibility. Kreidler defines the "peaceable classroom" as a warm and caring community in which five qualities are present: cooperation, communication, tolerance, positive emotional expression, and conflict resolution. In addition, six skill areas are fundamental to the achievement of a peaceable school: building a peaceable climate, understanding climate, understanding peace and peacemaking, mediating, negotiating, and group problem solving. Information on the Illinois Institute for Dispute Resolution (IIDR) is included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (New Orleans, LA, February 10-13, 1995).