ERIC Number: ED386642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May-24
Helping Teen Mothers Make Positive Choices Thereby Reducing Suspensions through a Curriculum for Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation.
Schmidt, Portia Ann Marie
This program was developed and implemented to resolve conflict among administrators, staff, and students, thereby reducing suspensions in a teen-parent school. Ranging from 12 to 20 years old, the target population was 160 female teen parents. The objectives for the program were for suspensions to be reduced by 15%; that 35% of the students would exhibit a positive attitude and increase their critical thinking skills; that 50% of both teachers and students would increase their knowledge about the process of conflict resolution. A peer mediation design that included strategies such as active listening, problem solving, cooperative group work, role-playing and group discussion was implemented. Attitudinal changes were measured by a pre-post survey while a pre- and post-test measured cognitive knowledge of content. The suspension report from the previous year for the same 12-week period was used to measure effectiveness of the entire program. All objectives of the program measured partial success. Appendixes include suspension reports, attitude surveys, pre/post-test, evaluations, discipline policy, board goals, and letters of recommendation. Contains 16 references. (Author/JBJ)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Behavior Change, Behavior Development, Behavior Modification, Behavior Problems, Conflict Resolution, Counseling, Curriculum Development, Dropout Prevention, Early Parenthood, Interpersonal Communication, Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Participation, Peer Counseling, Peer Mediation, Pregnancy, Pregnant Students, Secondary Education, Student Behavior, Youth Problems
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Educational Specialist Practicum, Nova Southeastern University.