Self-Management Strategies: Theory, Curriculum, and Teaching Procedures

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SYSTEM STRATEGY: INTERVENING

People resolve conflicts in a variety of ways. These range from informal discussion to negotiation to mediation to arbitration to judicial and legislative decision. As the degree of formality increases, the individual's contribution to the resolution decreases, as does the chance of a win-win outcome. Today's crowded courts testify to the individual's lessening role in resolving conflict. 1 If our students are to become citizens who resolve their conflicts in mutually beneficial ways, we must teach them to do so. This chapter analyzes intervention behavior and illustrates how to teach it. 2


ANALYSIS OF INTERVENING

Intervention Strategy as a System of Justice

An intervention strategy is founded on a system of justice, a set of decision rules that dictates the reward or punishments citizens are to receive for their conduct or behavior. For us, this system of justice is documented in the Constitution of the United States. The Fourteenth Amendment, which focuses on the rights of due process of law and equal protection under the law, has the greatest impact on the design of an intervention strategy. Anything we build must be designed so that due process and equal protection continue to be provided to our contemporaries and those who follow. This is true even when the system's citizens are students. 3

The principle of due process demands that (1) the law must be fairly administered; (2) persons accused must be informed of their rights; (3)

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