Elementary Students' Observations of and Suggestions for Peer Mediation
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This study was an investigation of how well elementary students in grades three through five learned the steps of peer mediation. Suggestions and perceptions of the peer mediation process were collected through interviews conducted with the students. A total of 22 students in grades three through five were trained over a ten-hour period to resolve conflicts using peer mediation. These students conducted a total of 39 mediations. During 18 of these mediations trained teachers conducted observations. These observations indicated that 83% of the mediators remembered the steps of mediation. Upon completion of the study each individual mediator was interviewed. The results of these interviews showed that 100% of the mediators enjoyed being mediators and 95% reported that they had helped their classmates solve problems. Additionally, 95% of the mediators stated that they would return next year as peer mediators.