ERIC Number: ED386818
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reducing School Violence through Conflict Resolution.
Johnson, David W.; Johnson, Roger T.
Increasing violence and threats of violence in American schools have prompted many school districts to take aggressive action in providing greater security and more positive learning environments. This book presents an alternative approach--that of training students in conflict resolution and peer mediation. The book offers specific, practical strategies for implementing violence-prevention and conflict-resolution programs. An overview of the situation and the schools' responsibility to provide students with an orderly environment is discussed. The following sequential process that schools need to follow to implement violence prevention and conflict resolution programs is also covered: (1) Admit that destructive conflicts are out of control; (2) implement a violence-prevention program; (3) become a conflict-positive organization; (4) implement a conflict-resolution program; (5) create a cooperative context; (6) institute conflict-resolution/peer-mediation training that teaches students how to negotiate and mediate and teachers how to arbitrate; and (5) use academic controversy to improve education. Twelve figures are included. (Contains 123 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Conflict Resolution, Cooperation, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Interpersonal Competence, Peer Mediation, Prevention, Problem Solving, Program Implementation, Prosocial Behavior, School Safety, School Security, Social Control, Student Behavior, Violence
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1250 North Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1453 (Stock No. 1-95198: $15.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.