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The Handbook of Conflict Resolution Education: A Guide to Building Quality Programs in Schools

ISBN: 978-0-7879-1096-9
256 pages
December 1997, Jossey-Bass
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Sponsored by the National Institute for Dispute Resolution (NIDR)

"This is an excellent comprehensive survey and guide to conflict resolution education that should be of great value to all educators."
—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.

Contents

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.

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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.

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RICHARD J. BODINE is education program director of the Illinois Institute for Dispute Resolution. He holds a Master's degree in special education specializing in gifted children and an advanced certificate of education in administration from the University of Illinois, and received the Illinois State Board of Education "Those Who Excel" award as an outstanding administrator.

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.

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"An excellent comprehensive survey and guide." (Morton Deutsch, professor, International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, Teacher's College, Columbia University)

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)
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