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NCJ Number: 152395 Find in a Library
Title: Tools for Managing School-Based Conflicts
Author(s): R Compton
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Conflict Resolution Consortium
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Document: PDF
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The methods of handling school-based conflicts include conflict transformation, conflict prevention, and conflict enhancement.
Abstract: Intractable conflicts in schools include parent-teacher conflicts, conflicts between staff members, conflicts involving gender issues, and conflicts related to gangs and prejudice. Conflict transformation is a way of changing a situation to shift reality. The Chicago Police Department trains its police officers to do this with a technique called "clouding." When they enter the scene of a domestic dispute they start moving the furniture around and doing completely strange things, so that the people stop fighting and ask what they are doing. Conflict prevention can happen by holding classroom meetings to establish a dialogue or restructuring a playground. Conflict enhancement involves learning how to promote controversy in cases where it can be exciting and can become a learning process. In addressing conflicts it is also important to recognize societal values that lead to conflict. These values include individualism, winning, domination, and affluence. We can avoid some of these problems by adopting Native American empowerment values, which emphasize community, mastery, independence, and generosity. The dialogue process is also very helpful.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Conflict resolution; Dispute resolution; Mediators; Violence prevention
Note: Edited talk given for the Intractable Conflict/Constructive Confrontation Project on November 6, 1993
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