What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate: Conflict Resolution and Peer Mediation Programs in Middle and High Schools in the U.S. and Their Ability to Serve Students from Diverse Backgrounds

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Title: What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate: Conflict Resolution and Peer Mediation Programs in Middle and High Schools in the U.S. and Their Ability to Serve Students from Diverse Backgrounds
Author: Povenmire-Kirk, Tiana Cadye, 1974-
Abstract: In this thesis, I examine the success of conflict resolution and peer mediation programs in U.S. middle and high schools. I investigate the ability ofthese programs to serve students from diverse backgrounds. Using multidisciplinary research literature, I discuss five factors that impact potential communication, conflict, and its resolution: gender, race, culture, disability and power. I explain how each of these factors intersects with one another and with the communication experiences of students. I describe the educational system as an existing institution in an excellent position to effect significant social change. I review the success ofcurrent programs used in schools and discuss their sensitivity to and appropriateness in serving students from diverse backgrounds. Finally, I make recommendations for how to modify programs and curricula to be inclusive of all students and how to utilize our current educational system as a vehicle for transformative social change.
Description: xiii, 101 p. ; ill. (some col.) A print copy of this thesis is available through the UO Libraries. Search the library catalog for the location and call number.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/8714
Date: 2008-12


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