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This elementary school training manual is based on the School Mediation Program developed originally by Good Shepherd Neighborhood House to train students in grades 6 through 12 in conflict resolution and violence prevention through peer mediation. Extending the program to the younger grades gives an earlier opportunity to use peer mediation to encourage students to take responsibility for their conflicts. When combined with conflict resolution and communication skills training in school, peer mediation programs result in an improved school environment in which troublemakers can become peacemakers. The peer mediator is trained to listen to disputants without taking sides and to help disputants arrive at a resolution themselves. The mediator then puts the agreement into writing and the disputants indicate their agreement by signing. The training curriculum contains the following chapters: (1) "What Is Conflict?"; (2) "What Is Mediation"; (3) "Setting the Stage"; (4) "Telling Stories and Gathering Information"; (5) "Options and Collaboration"; (6) "Put the Agreement into Writing"; (7) "Roleplays"; and (8) "Discussion Questions." (SLD)

Descriptors: Communication Skills, Conflict Resolution, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary School Students, Peer Mediation, Peer Relationship, Prevention, Training, Urban Areas, Urban Youth, Violence

Good Shepherd Mediation Program, 5356 Chew Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19138 ($20 donation).

Author: Cutrona, Cheryl; And Others


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