Academic journal article Childhood Education

Peace Building and Conflict Resolution in Preschool Children

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Peace Building and Conflict Resolution in Preschool Children

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Peace Building and Conflict Resolution in Preschool Children--Vestal & Jones

The third study examines the impact of teacher training on Head Start children's conflict resolution strategies and prosocial problem-solving capacities. Sixty-four children between the ages of 3 and 5 years from 11 Head Start classrooms were selected to participate. Thirty-seven children were randomly selected from the classrooms of six teachers who participated in a 40-hour college course on conflict resolution titled I Can Problem Solve (ICPS). Twenty-seven matched control children were selected from the classrooms of five teachers who received the packet of course materials but did not undertake the 40-hour college course experiences for credit. All of the teachers were female and they were matched on age, education, race, and years of teaching experience in Head Start. The teachers were interviewed prior to the ICPS program and again upon completion to validate the training program and to note changes in the type of conflict resolution dialogue used by the teachers with their children. The Preschool Interpersonal Problem-Solving (PIPS) Test was used to measure the problem-solving gains and childhood social competence demonstrated by the experimental and control groups of children. …

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