Alternativ konflikthantering - Hur kamratmedling kan påverka elevers relationsskapande

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Alternativ konflikthantering - Hur kamratmedling kan påverka elevers relationsskapande
Author(s) Kolfjord, Ingela
Date 2009
English abstract
Alternative conflictresolution – How peer mediation effects children´s relationships Peer mediation is a process for resolving conflicts and disputes in which neutral parties (peers) act as moderators in the process. My aim in this article is to discuss how the mediation influences children’s relations during a school-break? The article does also discuss conflicts, emotions and the peers experiences of mediation. I am inspired by conflict and mediation theories and my methods are observations and interviews. My focus for this article is an observation during a school-break. The three pairs of mediators and the teacher act in different ways when trying to resolve the conflict related to four girls who were bickering about a skipping-rope and that rendered different results. ”Neglect” of the conflict resulted in an escalation and in a traditional and disciplinary way of handling the conflict, but focusing the wrongdoers, the conflict continued. In the restorative way of handling the conflict during a mediation process it also effects the children who were not involved in the conflict. The girls stopped bickering and the children involved and other children started to play together in a more interactive way. Peer mediation is a method of conflict resolution and it is oriented towards sustainable change. It is also an alternative to traditional disciplinary practices and does neither juridificate nor criminalizes children’s behaviour which happens when the schools report the children´s conflicts to the police. Keywords: Peer-mediation, conflicts, emotions, relationships, school-climate
Publisher Lärarutbildningen, Malmö högskola
Host/Issue EDUCARE;2-3
ISSN 1653-1868
Pages s 119-135
Language swe (iso)
Subject(s) SUSA
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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