The Handbook of Conflict Resolution Education: A Guide to Building Quality Programs in Schools
December 1997, Jossey-Bass
"This is an excellent comprehensive survey and guide to conflict
resolution education that should be of great value to all
—Morton Deutsch, professor, International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, Teacher's College, Columbia University
Conflict resolution education is a critical component of comprehensive efforts to prevent violence and reduce crime in schools. This workbook provides an introduction to the basic principles of conflict resolution and its application to school settings. It describes the elements of effective conflict resolution programs and gives an overview of the most popular, effective approaches. And it offers step-by-step guidance on planning and implementing a successful conflict resolution program.
An excellent resource for administrators and teachers who are planning, developing, and implementing conflict resolution programs in grades K-12. Includes an appAndix listing useful books, curricula, videos, and other resources.
Part One: The Basics
1. Resolving Conflict in Schools
2. Understanding Conflict
3. Conflict Resolution Education
Part Two: Strategies
4. Requisite Elements of Conflict Resolution Programs
5. Process Curriculum
6. Mediation Programs
7. Curriculum Integration
8. Peaceable School Programs
9. Developmentally Appropriate Practice
Part Three: Planning and Implementation
10. Developing a Vision
11. Evaluating Resources
12. Strategic Planning
13. Implementation Steps
14. Assessing Results
15. Important Factors for Success
Richard Bodine is president of the Illinois Institute for Dispute Resolution.
Donna Crawford is executive director of the Illinois Institute for Dispute Resolution.
1. Resolving Conflict in Schools.
2. Understanding Conflict.
3. Conflict Resolution Education.
Part Two: Strategies.
4. Requisite Elements of Conflict Resolution Programs.
5. Process Curriculum.
6. Mediation Programs.
7. Curriculum Integration.
8. Peaceable School Programs.
9. Developmentally Appropriate Practice.
Part Three: Planning and Implementation.
10. Developing a Vision.
11. Evaluating Resources.
12. Strategic Planning.
13. Implementation Steps.
14. Assessing Results.
15. Important Factors for Success.
DONNA K. CRAWFORD is executive director of the Illinois Institute for Dispute Resolution. She holds a Master's degree in special education and an advanced certificate of education in administration from the University of Illinois and is an experienced mediator, reality therapist, and dispute resolution trainer.
Crawford and Bodine argue persuasively that schools can be active agents for social change and that schools can and should intervene in the lives of young people in a proactive manner. Schools, they contend, can teach alternatives to violence. Such and intervention should start in the early grades and be approached systematically throughout the school curriculum. A major contribution of the book is the practical advice it provides to those who want to start conflict resolution programs in schools. From program design to an extensive list of resources, Crawford and Bodine provide many excellent examples of current best thinking and current best practice concerning conflict resolution programs in schools. (Thomas J. Switzer, dean, College of Education, University of Northern Iowa)