ERIC Number: ED392003
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Resolving Conflict through Peer Mediation. A Series of Solutions and Strategies. Number 9.
Research confirms the fact that violence is a growing problem in American society. The frequency of reports of youth involved in violent acts reflects an inability to handle conflicts in safe, constructive ways among this age group. Although the business of schools is to educate, many students are more concerned with their own safety than learning. Conflict is a normal part of life. Too often conflict is seen as something that needs to be eliminated instead of something that can be worked through constructively. Unlike dead end strategies of confrontation or avoidance, communication through a conflict can lead to knowledge and growth for self and others. Instead of eliminating the symptoms of violence, we must return to the origin of the disease where violence begins. Teaching conflict resolution skills offers hope as these skills can assist students in communicating effectively and overcoming disputes; allowing emotional, social, and intellectual growth to take place in the process. Peer Mediation is a method of conflict resolution that enables people involved in a conflict to reach a mutually acceptable agreement with the help of a neutral mediator. Eleven basic steps of the peer mediation process are listed and a case example is used. Seven steps to implement a peer mediation program are provided. Eight recommended resources are included. Contains 15 references. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Dropout Prevention Center, Clemson, SC.