ERIC Number: ED444085
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Reducing Violence in the High School.
Stader, David; Johnson, Judy
This paper discusses a case study that serves as an example of a conflict mediation program in a small high school in Missouri. The program began with the following goals: 1) to reduce the number of conflicts in the school; 2) to empower students with the ability to solve their own conflicts; 3) to teach conflict resolution skills to students; and 4) to share with students the responsibility of creating a positive school culture and climate. The data represent an 8-year period beginning in 1991 and ending in 1999. The program focused on four factors: the selection of mediators, the role of the mediators, mediator training, and the procedure the mediator would follow. Three observations were made during this study. First, the fact that suspensions for fighting decreased dramatically was obvious. Second, verbal confrontation between students also decreased but not as dramatically as physical confrontations. It became clear that some conflicts spontaneously combusted, and peer mediation programs were not effective in reducing this type of conflict. Third, the general atmosphere on campus grew more relaxed, students started relating better to each other, and school climate improved on a yearly basis. These observations led to three conclusions: students do respond positively to intervention; conflict mediation programs reduce physical confrontations only to a certain level; and peer mediation does improve school climate. (MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Second Joint National School/Community Conference on Youth Violence and Substance Abuse (Kissimmee, FL, November 18-20, 1999).