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Seeking Out the Alternative Story of Relationship

Mediation is a well-established practice in the field of conflict resolution. This chapter introduces an approach to mediation that can be learned by school counselors or by school administrators and practiced in schools. It is most useful where there is a dispute between two individuals or groups of individuals. Disputes may be between students, between teachers and students, between teachers, between teachers and parents, or between teachers and administrators. A mediator provides “negotiation assistance” (Kruk, 1997) to the disputants but leaves the decision-making power for any outcome jointly in their hands. Such outcomes may include negotiated settlements of differences or ...

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