M.A. in School Psychology
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Mediation; Peer counseling of students; School discipline
Peer mediation programs offer students options. Students can choose mediation instead of name-calling, yelling, or letting conflicts grow until they explode into violence. Little is known about the effectiveness or manner of implementing these programs. This study examines 62 black male students in grades 4, 5, and 6 from a Burlington County, New Jersey, suburban, public K-6 elementary school. Some data suggest disciplinary action is decreased with a cadre approach to peer mediation established in the school. More attention should be paid to evaluating peer mediation and conflict resolution programs. Under peer mediation programs, students in conflict and peer mediators undergo a process of critical thinking and problem solving to find mutual satisfying solutions.
Haws, Elizabeth Anne, "The effects of elementary peer mediation program on disciplinary action in the schools" (1998). Theses and Dissertations. 1937.