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ERIC Number: ED453319
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 142
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Dialogue: Turning Controversy into Community. A Curriculum for Secondary Schools. Helping Students Communicate through Dialogue Rather Than Debate, in Preparation for Building Stronger Communities in Our Diverse World. Field Test Version.
Poliner, Rachel A.; Benson, Jeffrey
This curriculum focuses on using creative thinking and conflict resolution skills in controversial discussions, highlighting the use of nonadversarial dialogue through the story of a fictional town caught in a controversy over whether or not to mandate school uniforms. The story that unfolds provides a case study in how to resolve public, as well as interpersonal, conflict. It presents techniques and structures for helping students build skills such as listening, managing their anger, communicating, researching issues, uncovering bias, understanding and appreciating different perspectives, and creating solutions. The guide includes 10 skill-focused chapters that open with scenes from the town and continues with activities for teaching, practicing, and assessing skills. The chapters are: (1) "Introducing Dialogue"; (2) "Escalation"; (3) "Managing Anger"; (4) "Using 'I' Statements"; (5) "Reducing the Bias in Language"; (6) "Active Listening"; (7) "Positions and Interests"; (8) "Methodological Belief"; (9) "Research"; and (10) "Building Solutions." Two appendixes present a format for a dialogue and scoring and materials for a dialogue about requiring students to learn a foreign language. (SM)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educators for Social Responsibility, Cambridge, MA.