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NCJ Number: 160377 Find in a Library
Title: School Mediation Evaluation Materials: Evaluation Plan and Instruments
Author(s): J Jenkins; M Smith
Corporate Author: New Mexico Ctr for Dispute Resolution
National Resource Ctr for Youth Mediation
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 50
Sponsoring Agency: New Mexico Ctr for Dispute Resolution
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Sale Source: New Mexico Ctr for Dispute Resolution
National Resource Ctr for Youth Mediation
620 Roma NW
Suite B
Albuquerque, NM 87102
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document presents refined instruments and a plan for evaluating school mediation programs, as well as the original instruments and 1986-87 evaluation report for the Mediation in the Schools Program of the New Mexico Center for Dispute Resolution.
Abstract: The program reached elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and a youth correctional facility. The evaluation design used in 1986-87 was the first experimental design used to evaluate school mediation programs. The results suggested that the program had a positive effect on the student mediators in the areas of problemsolving and conflict resolution skills, self-concept, and commitment to school. The program results were most impressive at the middle school level. The refined evaluation plan was based on the experience of the initial evaluation. The evaluation instruments were all tested for reliability and validity. The revised evaluation instruments are the Student Observation Form, the Conflict Opinion Scale for Teachers, and the Student Attitude About Conflict Scale. The student and teacher questionnaires are organized into subscales that assess a variety of skills or attitudes about conflicts. Users of these instruments are urged to work with trained evaluators who can carry out the data analysis. Tables, instruments, and order form
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Alternative dispute settlement; Criminology; Mediation; Program evaluation; School delinquency programs
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