ERIC Number: ED430168
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-May-16
An Analysis of the Short-Term Impact of Peer Mediation on High School Disputants in an Ethnically Diverse Suburban School System.
The effectiveness of peer mediation in secondary schools is evaluated to determine if the process is beneficial to the disputants. A review of information on the use of mediation in schools is included, and programs in this school system are described. This study investigates perceptions from high school disputants (N=111) in an ethnically diverse suburban public high school system of the short-term impact of the peer mediation process. The following factors were examined: (1) The number of agreements still in effect 5-7 days after mediation; (2) Whether the disputants could describe what the dispute and/or agreement was about; (3) Could the disputants describe what happened to them during the process that brought them to a successful signing of an agreement? and (4) Disputants' perceptions of the mediators during the process. Success rates were compared to demographic characteristics of the disputants. Findings indicate that peer mediation is successful for students of all ethnic backgrounds. Significant findings are presented in the areas of: (1) The fairness of the agreement compared to ethnicity and age; (2) The length of time the disputants had known one another compared to the strength of the agreement; and (3) the ethnicity of the disputant compared to whether or not they would use mediation in the future. Appendix A is the Disputant Assessment form. Appendix B is the Structured Interview Questions. Appendix C is the Disputant Survey. Appendix D surveys the relationship of questions to the research questions. Appendix E is the interrater reliability for Research Question 6A. (Contains 85 references and 32 tables.) (EMK)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, Washington, DC.