Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Capasso, Ronald L.


Peer counseling of students


Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration


The purpose of this study was to describe and evaluate the effectiveness of a peer mediation program on students with behavioral problems and conflicts using an action research design. Further, it informed teachers, administrators, parents, and the guidance department as to the progress of the program.

All students at Mennies Elementary School in Vineland had, if needed, the opportunity to be involved in the conflict resolution program. The participants in the program were in traditional, bilingual, and special education classes. All stakeholders served as the primary data-gathering instruments in the research. To determine if peer mediation improved the climate in the school and community, the intern relied on teacher, student, and parental feedback. Also used was an evaluation form completed by participating students in the peer mediation program.

To determine the effectiveness of a peer mediation program for character building and positive conflict resolution strategies, the intern analyzed data on an ongoing basis. This analysis derived from information collected from student evaluation forms and feedback from teachers and parents.