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ERIC Number: EJ807405
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1940-4476
An Endurance Test for Project WIN: A Conflict Transformation Program in a Low-Income, Urban, Middle Level Classroom
Roberts, Laura; White, George
RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, v27 n1 p1-19 2004
There are effective conflict transformation programs available for students at the middle level. What is missing is a program designed to have an enduring message, that is, a message that is both positive and vivid. Project WIN provided a positive message by teaching students how to create a justice-based community in their classrooms and the program made the message more vivid by teaching students about "transforming power." Project WIN was implemented in a low-income, urban middle level classroom. Students were taught that they have "transforming power" within themselves to bring about a justice-based community in their own classrooms. The variables "sense of community" and transforming power attitudes were measured with valid and reliable instruments and were assessed before treatment, immediately after treatment, and at two months post-treatment. Both variables showed sustained gains for the treatment group and sustained declines for the control group. The results were discussed in terms of 1) the extent to which these results will generalize to other groups, 2) the need for more rigorous evaluation and endurance testing in the field of conflict transformation, and 3) the need for practitioners to pay more attention to evaluation results when choosing conflict transformation programs. (Contains 5 figures, 5 tables, and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania