ERIC Number: ED381834
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-21
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Violence Prevention: A Communication-Based Curriculum.
Rancer, Andrew S.; Kosberg, Roberta L.
This paper first outlines the objectives of programs which focus on conflict management and violence prevention. The paper then describes the application of a model of aggressive communication as a potential component in conflict management and violence prevention programs. The model presented in the paper incorporates training in argument and cognitive learning about the destructive nature of verbal aggression. With the day-to-day escalation of violence in public schools in mind, the paper notes that conflict management skills can be taught: (1) by offering a specific course on the subject, (2) by incorporating conflict management concepts and exercises into the core curricula, or (3) by offering specialized training outside the classroom. As part of the conflict management curriculum, the model on constructive argumentation offered in the paper proposes verbal aggressiveness as a catalyst to physical violence, with the focus on discussion of the nature and scope of interpersonal conflict and training in constructive argumentation. The model described in the paper offers a full range of training in practical skills in developing arguments, and upon its conclusion the participants/students should know what constitutes constructive and destructive behavior, and possibly, they could experience a change to a more positive attitude and behavior. (Contains 28 references and 7 notes.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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