Date Approved

4-20-2005

Embargo Period

4-14-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Hurley, Dennis

Subject(s)

Mediation; Peer counseling of students--Evaluation

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

This study was designed to determine if the existing Peer Mediation Program at the Egg Harbor Township Intermediate School is working effectively. Utilizing an action research design, 20 sixth graders, who were either mediators or disputants, completed a peer mediation survey during the 2004-2005 academic school year. All 20 surveys were used for analysis with the final research population being 14 female and 6 male participants. In analyzing the results, it was discovered that most of the students felt the Peer Mediation Program was moderately successful and provided a better alternative to solving conflict than if the problems were referred to the Vice-Principal's office for disciplinary action. Unfortunately, many students indicated they felt some sort of adult intervention was needed to facilitate the process. Also, almost all participants felt the program did not get enough publicity, which resulted in many incidences being referred to administrative offices rather than to Peer Mediation.

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