Cooperative Approaches to Conflict in the Education Sector
At least 12,000 public schools in the US integrateconflict resolution education into their curriculum.And more than 600 university mediation and conflictresolution programs exist across the country.CR education improves children’s self-esteem,develops their problem-solving skills and helps avoidinappropriate or unsafe behaviours.Schools with CR programs demonstrate an increase inacademic achievements, student cooperation and self-worth. Studies have shown up to an 80% reduction instudent violence and suspensions, a 60% reduction indiscipline problems, and a 41% decrease inaggression-related disciplinary incidents.
"I've seen changes in some of the kids at school since we started this program. They look at things differentlynow…. I think we are really changing the gangs on thiscampus. There used to be a lot of gangs before… but it's sort of stopped. It's more peaceful now."
A ninth-grade student from CA, after completing a CR education program.
Cooperative Approaches to Conflict in theCommunity Sector
There has been a 400% increase in communitymediation programs in the past 10 years. Communitymediation centers were created to address family,neighbor and community disputes. Many centerssupport the development of conflict resolutionsystems in schools, workplaces and governmentsettings. Cooperative approaches have been bothsuccessful and popular: 85% of mediations end inagreement, and 95% of participants say they woulduse mediation again in the future.
“Dialogue means we sit and talk with each other,especially those with whom we may think we have the greatest differences. The intention is not to advocate but to inquire; not to argue, but to explore; not to convincebut to discover.”
The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy
Where can I learn more about CR and ADR?
The following organizations can help you find a program in your area to suit your dispute resolutionneeds:
Your state attorney-general or local consumer protection agency
Bar associations and law school clinics
The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR,see