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ERIC Number: ED404593
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Pathways to Peer Mediation.
Singh, Dulcie
Peer mediation programs in schools are an effective way for children to learn the cooperative skills of conflict solving. This paper outlines the implementation of an action research based mediation program within a primary school setting. It examines both the characteristics of successful implementation and the dilemmas of change agentry. A model for cooperative skills in conflict solving is also outlined. It is suggested that peer mediation cannot exist in isolation and that connection to school philosophy, links with curriculum, effective teaching and learning practices, and a collaborative approach to professional practices are all important. The practices presented here are based on five core beliefs: (1) relationships are pivotal to the development of a child's social functioning; (2) cooperative relationships promote a deeper desire for learning; (3) teachers and schools can help promote positive relationships; (4) interpersonal conflicts are a part of life; and (5) lessons children learn about themselves will help them make connections later in life. Key aspects of one successful program are presented, along with a six-step outline of the process and theoretical assumptions. The benefits of instituting such a program include conflict resolution skills, higher self esteem, and an overall improvement of the school's climate. (Contains 11 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia