ERIC Number: ED419218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
An Exploration of Children's Strategy Choices for Resolving Conflict.
Lane-Garon, Pamela S.; Nelsen, Edward A.
Socially competent children have been found to be effective negotiators, typically selecting more adaptive, non-physical strategies for resolving conflicts with peers. To explore this association, background information involving research with children's social strategies is presented. The research is part of a larger study concerning school-based peer-mediation. Of 112 4th-8th grade students in a bicultural school community, 62 were selected and trained to mediate the disputes of their peers on the playground. Another 50 students served as a comparison group for evaluation. The 50 nonmediators were aware of the program and sometimes participated as disputants in mediations on the playground. Training was assisted by the Arizona Attorney General's Office of Community Relations and the interval between pre- and post intervention was six months. Ninety-eight students responded to the conflict strategy survey, "Problem-Solving Scenarios." Results show that mediation training and practice seem to have the effect of encouraging independent interpersonal problem-solving. The Problem Solving Scenarios conflict survey is included in the report. (MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).