A parallel is drawn between the natural course of development in young children’s social-cognition and conflict-related behavior. Conflict is viewed as an important context in which children develop the ability to make inferences about others’ thoughts and feelings. Given the role of conflict in providing children with opportunity to practice social skills, the use of a kinesthetic tool for facilitating interpersonal problem-solving among kindergartners is recommended.
Study Guide Questions:
A. How does the information in this article help you deal with conflict behaviors in your classroom?
B. Compare the “peace bridge” process to any conflict resolution process you use in your own classroom. Which ones enable long-term improvement in conflict resolution?
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