Effects of peer mediation training on elementary school students



A peer mediation training program was conducted in three classrooms in a midwestern, suburban, middle-class elementary school. Prior to the training program, frequent conflicts involving teasing, playground activities, academic work, and so on, were reported. Students seemed conditioned to look to the teacher for a solution to their conflicts because they did not have the procedures and interpersonal skills necessary to manage conflicts constructively. The training program was successful in dramatically reducing the number of conflicts referred to the teacher, teaching mediation procedures and skills, and generalizing the procedures and skills to use in students' lives outside of the classroom and school.