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Running Head TRAINING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO RESOLVE CONFLICT Effects on high school students of conflict resolution training integrated into English literature Melisa Chioma Rousseau Long Island University - CW Post In partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree Master of Science October 1999 Abstract The conflict between individuals aged 13 to 19 is so high that the need for academically integrated conflict resolution programs is quickly becoming a focal point of those involved in the educational world Parents teachers and psychologists alike have all expressed horror that the rising number of youth offenders violence in the schools racial intolerance and the like has rapidly risen among their teenaged children students and clients It has become second nature for students to solve their conflict with verbal confrontations and physical altercations Tragically the use of guns either aimed at the person that they believe to be the cause of their angst or at themselves in suicidal attempts is sometimes the heartbreaking epilogue of an inability to properly deal with conflict It seems as though students dont know how to peacefully resolve the conflicts that they find themselves in on a day-to-day basis A conflict resolution-training program that is integrated into a students academic program will encourage students to learn the methods of peaceful mediation It will induce students to apply the methods of conflict resolution into their day-to-day disputes not to mention the positive impact that it will have on their academic achievement CHAPTER 1 Introduction A conflict exists when actions come into opposition Conflict can occur within an individual group organization institution or nation Conflicts can cross boundaries They can occur between individuals and institutions and across cultures How we manage or resolve conflicts is the central issue Today underlying the violence that surrounds our schools neighborhoods and communities are conflicts which have never been addressed or have been improperly resolved Indeed in a diverse and
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