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ERIC Number: ED383412
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 115
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Improving Students' Social Interaction with Adults and Peers by Creating a Caring Community: Strategies for Resolving Conflict in the Elementary School.
Pryor, Lena Allegro
This practicum was designed to provide 237 elementary school students with strategies to improve their social interactions with adults and peers. The professional staff included 12 full-time teachers and 8 itinerant teachers who traveled to schools within the district. Workshops in conflict resolution strategies were presented for teachers to model and teach in the regular classroom. Peer mediation teams were formed to patrol the playground in the effort to resolve conflicts before they escalated into verbal and/or physical confrontations, and media center materials were purchased to reinforce prosocial behaviors. Analysis of the evaluation data demonstrated that students' interactions with adults and peers improved, although teachers continued to express a need for conflict resolution techniques and strategies to teach and model in the classroom. Also, students utilized the prosocial materials from the media center. As indicated by the results, children proved that they could learn to solve their own problems, and that through peer mediation, they could resolve conflicts in a positive manner, thus avoiding the consequences of anger and violence. (Includes 44 references, the teacher's attitude survey, and peer survey of student's behaviors.) (Author/AA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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