Differences and Conflict Resolution

This paper discusses conflict resolution, a method beginning in the early grades to teach children the systematic way to handle differences with others.

This paper explains that educators recognize that the management of classroom behavior problems is one of the most important skills a teacher can have; however, many teachers feel it is the area where they are the less prepared. The author relates that the goal of conflict resolution is to teach students to identify conflicts and to learn to find ways to solve the differences in what is called a “win/win” way, where both people walk away feeling the resolution was fair and just. The paper suggests a research project to test the efficacy of conflict management in the classroom by using a checklist of disruptive behavioral problems to compare behaviors in classrooms that either use or do not use conflict management.

Table of Contents
Statement of Problem
Review of the Literature
How to Proceed
“Bryant-Edwards, et. al. (2002) found students who had been suspended for behavior problems during one and one-half year period and put them into a program called “Alternative to Suspension for Violent Behavior” (ASVB), which was based on conflict resolution. The researchers looked for four desired outcome — a reduced rate of later suspensions for participants for physical violence; reduced suspensions not related to violence; reduced rate of suspension overall for students completing the program; and a lower rate of other disciplinary interventions. However, assignment to groups was not random, and other factors seemed to be relevant.”

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