Date Approved

4-15-2000

Embargo Period

6-23-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Doolittle, Gini

Subject(s)

Peer counseling of students--Evaluation; School violence

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to evaluate the impact mediation has in reducing violence in the school setting. Through the use of survey instrumentation, the researcher will gather feedback from disputants regarding the effectiveness of the program in resolving their problems. Along with a survey instrument, the researcher will conduct monthly mediation meetings. The purpose of these meetings is to gather information from the mediators in regards to both effective and ineffective mediations and ways to improve the total program.

Survey instruments will go out to all individuals participating in a mediation. It will be distributed approximately two weeks after the mediation to give time for the agreements to take shape. Once the surveys are returned to the researcher, they will be used to gather information regarding the effectiveness of resolving the mediated conflict.

Conclusions from the study indicate that, by and large, most students view the mediation process and the role of the mediator as positive. Almost one third, twelve out of 37 indicated they would have acted out physically, resulting in a fight had the mediation not been available.

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