Sep 27, 2023
COMS 5076 - Children’s Conflict and Mediation for Teachers and Trainers
This course focuses on the design and implementation of peer dispute mediation programs within elementary and secondary school systems. Course content includes discussion of children’s communication development and development of conflict management ability, the rationale underlying and challenges involved with implementing peer mediation programs, and approaches to training youngsters in mediation and conflict
management communication skills. Taught in intensive format only during summer session.
Credit Hours: 4
Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 35.0 seminar
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and communication dilemmas that confront peer mediators.
- Describe the development of conflict management skills and the communication skill deficits that one might expect to find with children as they age/mature.
- Describe the different communication skills that serve crucial roles in training students as mediators and demonstrate an understanding of how one might approach training the students in those skills.
- Describe the dynamics of dispute mediation as that process is practiced within elementary and secondary schools within the United States.
- Describe the factors that contribute to and/or undercut successful peer mediation programs.
- Identify the major sources of the conflicts that appear within the school/community environment, the ways in which those conflicts are played out, and the effect of those conflicts on the learning environment.
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