ERIC Number: ED446870
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Creating a Conflict-Solving Classroom Community.
Casey, Cherl; Klene, Peggy; Pangallo, Patricia
This action research project evaluated a program to improve students' ability to resolve conflicts. Many students of the targeted third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade classrooms lacked a well-defined sense of classroom community as well as the ability to resolve conflicts peaceably. Research indicated that specific skills needed to be taught. For this reason, a program was developed which was supported by the administration and implemented during a 5-month time span beginning in September. The implemented program included instructing children in three main categories: building a classroom community, conflict resolution skills, and peer mediation. This was accomplished through the use of activities that helped create a sense of community, personal responsibility, and the ability to solve conflicts peacefully. While evaluation surveys showed an increase in discipline notices, detentions, and suspensions, this does not reflect the success of the program. Subjective observations and anecdotal comments by students and parents provided a different perspective. Positive feelings among teachers, students, parents, and administration were expressed through surveys and verbal comments. The overall impact upon school and individual classrooms was noted with a recommendation for expanded implementation. (Ten appendices include instructional materials for conflict resolution and peer mediation. Contains 18 references.) (Author/HTH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Arts Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and Skylight Professional Development.