Date Approved

5-31-2000

Embargo Period

7-18-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Capasso, Ronald L.

Subject(s)

Paul W. Carleton School (Pennsgrove, N.J.); Peer counseling of students

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of the newly developed and implemented Peer Mediation Program in an elementary school. Peer mediation is the use of third party students who are trained in the mediation process to help other students resolve interpersonal conflicts prior to their escalation to physical or verbal offenses. Students may be referred to the Peer Mediation Program by teachers or the administrator. They may also request a mediation session on their own. Disputing students who participated in the Peer Mediation Program worked cooperatively to reach an agreement with the aid of the peer mediators. These agreements were then written in the form of student contracts and signed by the disputants. The study found that as a result of the program, referrals to the office for fighting or threats decreased during the time that the program was operational. Additionally, at the conclusion of the study all student contracts remained intact.

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