ERIC Number: ED406508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
The Imaginitis Learning System Conflict Resolution Unit in an Urban School District.
Mitchell, James M.
The Imaginitis Learning System is an integrated product development curriculum that is aimed at achieving stronger cooperation and conflict resolution skills among students who use it at elementary through adult education levels. It is a performance-based instruction product in which students learn to apply communication skills and work competencies in a real-life context. It attempts to offer authentic assessment as students are instructed on how to publish a book that becomes a portfolio exhibit of their learning. The developer, Imaginitis Interactive, requested that the Cooperative Learning Center at the University of Minnesota act as an independent outside evaluator to assess the impact of the Imaginitis system on the development of skills needed for cooperative learning and on the development of workplace competencies such as conflict resolution. "Teaching Students To Be Peacemakers" by D. and R. Johnson was the project learning framework. This report presents the results of an evaluation of the conflict resolution program in self-contained classrooms in the District of Columbia at grades 3/4, 7, and 11/12. At all levels of implementation and evaluation Imaginitis was determined to contribute to the development of conflict resolution skills. Statistically significant findings show that Imaginitis students develop a stronger ability to resolve conflicts in a nonviolent manner. (Contains two tables and six references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).