ERIC Number: ED382388
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
School Climate & Conflict Resolution: A Survey of the Toronto Board of Education's Elementary Schools (1994).
Yau, Maria; And Others
This study surveyed 847 fourth- through eighth-graders and 134 teachers in 10 Toronto elementary schools to determine their attitudes toward school climate and conflict resolution. It found that most questionnaire items regarding self perception, teacher-student relationships, students' general behaviors, the schools' conflict resolution programs, and the importance of teaching students conflict resolution skills were responded to favorably by students and teachers. The survey also found that teachers and students differed significantly in their perception of social conflict behavior among students. While most teachers did not find such behaviors as fighting, being mean, picking on younger students, rejection, and name calling prevalent among their students, the majority of students indicated that these behaviors were quite common among their peers. Boys were more likely than girls to indicate frequent occurrences of such behaviors. The survey also found that students who had been trained as "peacemakers" in school mediator programs were overwhelmingly supportive of the program. Three appendices provide copies of the student and teacher questionnaire, as well as an information sheet for mediator program facilitators. (MDM)
Descriptors: Conflict, Conflict Resolution, Educational Environment, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Foreign Countries, Intermediate Grades, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Peer Mediation, Peer Relationship, School Surveys, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship
Toronto Board of Education, Research Department, 155 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1P6, Canada ($5, Canadian).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Toronto Board of Education (Ontario). Research Dept.