The SCRAM Program for Conflict Resolution Education in Western Australian Secondary Schools
Archie Zariski,School of Law,Murdoch University
Irene Styles,School of Education,Murdoch University
Tricia S Jones,“Attending to Our Future:Why We Should Support Conflict
Resolution Education”,Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Vol 19, No 4,Summer 2002
“The research consistently demonstrates that conflict resolution education has significant positive benefits for children.It increases academic achievement,positive attitude toward school,assertiveness,self-control,cooperation, communication skills,healthy interpersonal and intergroup relations,and constructive conflict resolution at home and school.It decreases aggressiveness, discipline referrals,the dropout rate,and social withdrawal.There are also strong benefits for schools in terms of developing a positive classroom and school climate.”
“As a field,we often comment that awareness of mediation and facilitation is still too low,that we must work diligently to educate the public about what we have to offer.Perhaps our greatest marketing tool is conflict resolution education.We can and should work to promote a more conflict-educated society so that,as adults,these children will be better informed about and already convinced of the benefits of alternative dispute resolution.”
It is always nice to be told that what is in our self interest also benefits others.This is the message the editor of the Conflict Resolution Quarterly has for the mediation community.Helping schools teach conflict resolution concepts and skills to young people can lead to a more peaceable society that values the process of mediation and those skilled in it.