Open Access Thesis
Peer counseling of students; Mediation;
The purpose of this study was to provide basic descriptive information regarding a peer mediation program at a rural middle school in Iowa. Students' familiarity and perceptions of the peer mediation program were assessed. The findings indicated that students were aware of the Peacemaking program. However, students also suggested that the school could do a better job providing information about the program. The data also indicated that the majority of students believed that peacemaking was effective and reported that the peacemakers were neutral and confidential. Most students also indicated that they would ask for help from a peacemaker if they had a problem. Approximately one-third of students had been involved in peacemaking, and many students reported that they would like to become a peacemaker. Moreover, peacemakers indicated that they were effective in helping their peers resolve conflict, and as a group, the Peacemakers reported being involved with approximately 30 mediations. Although student peacemakers were more supportive about the program than non-peacemakers, the majority of peacemakers and non-peacemakers perceived the program positively. Some of the barriers that might affect whether students used peacemaking regarded concerns over the effectiveness of peacemaking, confidentiality, neutrality, and desire to solve conflict themselves. Overall, the students were supportive of the Peacemaker program and perceived it to be effective.
Year of Submission
Specialist in Education
Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations
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©2002 Amy Junkermeier
Junkermeier, Amy, "Student perceptions of a peer mediation program in a middle school setting" (2002). Dissertations and Theses @ UNI. 1154.