ERIC Number: ED436517
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Publication Date: 1999
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The Teaching Students To Be Peacemakers Program: Program Overview and Review of the Literature.
Fitch, Trey; Marshall, Jennifer L.
This paper provides a program overview and review of the literature on the Teaching Students to be Peacemakers Program (TSPP), which offers peer mediation and conflict resolution to students of all ages. The program features seven steps: creating a cooperative environment; teaching students the nature of conflict; teaching all students the problem solving negotiation procedure; teaching all students to mediate conflict; implementing the TSPP; refining and upgrading resolution skills; and repeating the steps yearly through grade 12. A key barrier to the program's success can be teacher commitment to the TSPP. This can be addressed by displaying administrative support, providing education on the benefits of the program, and having frequent contact with designated trainers. Peer mediation programs can be a significant part of a school's safety plan. Multiple studies have shown that involved students retain the mediation skills, teachers spend less time dealing with student conflict, and administrators can almost eliminate time spent on conflict resolution. While many programs train a few select students to serve as mediators, the TSPP trains all students to be mediators. (Contains 12 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
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