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Chapter 9: Conflict Resolution Education: Issues, Answers, and Directions
Over the past two decades, conflict education programs have focused on educating children about constructive approaches to managing conflict in their schools and communities. For many, conflict resolution education programs provide an answer to an increasingly troubling incidence of violence.
Teachers and administrators know that learning cannot take place unless you nurture a constructive learning environment for students (Brion-Meisels, Rendiero, & Lowenheim, 1984). Unfortunately, many students do not experience constructive learning environments in their schools and classrooms. Media often focus on incidents of aggravated assault and weapons-related violence—obviously important issues, but, there is a more pervasive problem in terms of social aggression, disrespect, and bullying. Nationally, 4.8% of teachers reported that physical fighting ...