2, Number 1, October 2001
Found in the Periodicals
S.K. & Davies, T.G. (2000). An
Ethical Decision Making Model: A Necessary Tool
for Community College Presidents and Boards of Trustees.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice
This article presents an ethical decision-making
model that can help presidents and boards maneuver
through difficult situations. Is describes six
steps: identifying the ethical dilemma; gathering
facts, self-monitering, and consulting; asking
difficult questions; creating alternate courses
of action; evaluating alternatives; and implementing
a course of action by moral follow-through and
B. & Zorn, D. (1999-2000). Leading
a Workshop of Conflict Management for Teaching
Assistants. Journal of Graduate Teaching
Assistant Development 7(1): 39-64.
This article describes a conflict management
workshop for graduate teaching assistants.
It includes the workshops rationale, a detailed
plan of such a workshop, and results of a
survey that shows improved perceived ability
to deal effectively with conflict.
A. (8/3/2001). Student
Activists are Making Noise, but is Anybody
Listening? The Chronicle of Higher
this article, Brownstein reviews the effectiveness
of student protests and demonstrations at
US Colleges and Universities He explains
that, although sit-ins in 2001 were long
and large, they failed to touch the heart
of the modern college student. The reason
behind the apathy could be that popular
topics of protest, such as sweatshops in
Indonesia, is too far removed from national
concerns. Students at schools such as Harvard
and the University of Michigan have been
holding more successful protests since they
shifted their focus to local concerns.
important piece of advice for activists
is that they organize protests. Students
need to communicate with each other, keep
speeches relevant and powerful, and network
with students at other schools who are organizing.
M.R. (2000). What's
in a Name? A Historical Look at Native American-Related
Nicknames and Symbols at Three US Universities.
Journal of Higher Education 71(5):
This article explores the adoption and use
of Native American-related nicknames and
symbols by three US Universities: the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Miami University
of Ohio, and Eastern Michigan University.
Historical case studies review how the nicknames
were chosen, how they evolved, and why the
decision either to keep or replace the nicknames
can stir bitter conflict.
R.A. (2000). Conflict:
The Skeleton in Academe's Closet.
New Directions for Community Colleges
Interpersonal conflict is a fact of
daily life for the dean. This articles
examines how conflict can be altered
into a source of constructive change.
It delineates three myths about conflicts,
describes sources of conflict in higher
education between administrators and
faculty and students and faculty,
and describes new approaches to dealing
F.H. & Jay, J.K. (2000). Incremental
Cases: Real-Life, Real-Time Problem Solving.
College Teaching 48(4): 123-128.
Asserting the usefulness of case studies in
college teaching, this article begins with
an exploration of the advantages and drawbacks
of traditional cases. It then describes an
alternative: incremental cases, in which material
is released piecemeal in an effort to infuse
drama and conflict, and participants play
certain roles. The article concludes with
teaching suggestions and examples of campus-based
conflicts that students may relate to.
R.E. (2000-2001). Community
Standards: A Hands-on Approach to their
Implementation in Residence Halls. DAI
Community standards are agreements made
by college students living on each floor
of a residence hall identifying how they
will relate to and treat each other. It
is a process by which individuals begin
forming a community-based mechanism for
dialogue, compromise, and commitment.
dissertation details a study that designed,
implemented, assessed, and evaluated a
Community Standard model in Seton Hill
College's residence halls.
C. (9/29/2000). Educating
Peacemakers: College Peace Studies Lacking.
National Catholic Reporter.
In this article, McCarthy writes about the lack
of peace education in higher education. According
to McCarthy, "Peace illiteracy is rampant...Peace
education is far from flourishing on US campuses.
Less than 10 percent of the nation's 3000 colleges
and universities are offering any courses in peace
studies, with fewer than 100 offering degrees."
Mccarthy specifically highlights Catholic colleges,
which tend to offer more courses in war making
than in peacemaking. This trend leads to frustration
among staff and students, who desire stronger
promotion and support for peace programs.
McCarthy elaborates on the state of peace education
and provides examples of successful and struggling
Catholic peace programs.
M.S. and Schapiro M.O. (3/23/2001). When
Protests Proceed at Internet Speed. The Chronicle
of Higher Education.
article focuses on how the Internet is being
used to assist social activism on college and
university campuses worldwide. Activists trying
to promote a cause, such as fair pay for campus
workers or recycling in residence halls, can
mobilize supporters by using the Internet. Activists
can go as far as planning political action and
organizing protests using the same device. According
to the authors, "The Internet has fostered
a national network of student activists and
other advocates of social change, who are linked
through e-mail lists and Web sites...Dedicated
groups of such activists can quickly assemble
rich archives of information, analysis, and
advocacy -- and put significant pressure on
colleges to respond at a speed that was unimaginable
just a few years ago."
McPherson and Schapiro advise institutions of
higher education to provide students with a
context for which to think through issues they
find on the Internet. They further suggest using
debates about social problems and conversation
about issues discovered on the Internet educational
tools. Chronicle subscribers can read the full
article at: http://chronicle.com/weekly/v47/i28/28b02401.htm.
D. (2000). The Ada Valley
Simulation: Exploring the Nature of Conflict. English
Journal 89(5): 128-33.
In this article the writer discusses Ada Valley,
a simulated society created in 1992 for the purposes
of exploring the nature of conflict. The simulation
is intended to bridge the gap between students'
sentimental opposition to prejudice and aggression
and intellectual consideration of the forces that
cause people to come into conflict. Ada Valley
is a society made up of three different groups--the
indigenous people, settlers, and immigrants--who
have distinctive lifestyles that bring them into
conflict. Activities and procedures that enable
students to use the Ada Valley simulation are
S. (2000). Conflict in
Israel and the Middle East: Differing Perspectives.
This curriculum project is intended for studying
nonviolent conflict resolution at the undergraduate
and graduate level. The project first presents
an historical context of Israel to illuminate
the present conflict in the Middle East. It
then presents a series of vignettes that represent
differing viewpoints on the current conflict.
Lastly, through the filter of a paradigm about
conflict resolution, some ideas are explored
for the integration of what seems to be antithetical
perspectives about what decisions should be
made concerning the future of Israel and Palestine.
Shreeves, E. (2000). The
Acquisitions Culture Wars. Library Trends
to this article, librarians have paid insufficient
attention to the conflict on college and university
campuses about the role of print and digital
resources in the library of the future. Effective
communication with all sectors of the academic
community, especially those maintaining a
strong loyalty to budgets, will be essential
as hybrid print and digital libraries uneasily
coexist and place even greater pressure on
T. (7/2000). Mediation:
A Positive Alternative in Conflit Resolution for
Clinical Laboratories. Medical Laboratory
This article explains how a lab manager can
use mediation to effectively and productively
resolve conflicts in the lab setting.
A. (2001). A Preliminary Evaluation
of Problem Solving for One. Mediation Quarterly
Special Issue 18(3): 249-257.
This article provides a preliminary evaluation
of Problem Solving for One (PSI), a process which
aims to help those who are in conflict but who
cannot mediate with the opposing party. The evaluation
presents data from staff welfare officers who
received PSI training; it also includes case studies.
Follow-up questionnaires were sent to 45 PSI trainees
to determine the usefulness of PSI in the workplace
over a 6 month period, and to identify the extent
to which PSI was effective. According to questionnaire
data, PSI was well-liked and deemed helpful in
reducing the negative consequences of conflict.
Conclusions drawn in the preliminary evaluation
of PSI are that PSI is worthy of further development,
but that to be most effective it must have institutional
T. (2001). Gandhian Philosophy:
Conflict Resolution Theory and Practical Approaches
to Negotiation. Journal of Peace Research 38(4):
It is puzzling that links between Gandhian social
philosophy & recent conflict resolution/negotiation
literature, especially given the latter's Gandhian
"flavor," have received so little scholarly
attention. While there seems to be no direct causal
link between the two bodies of knowledge, conflict
resolution literature in the guise of modern problem-solving
& win-win (as opposed to power-based & zero-sum)
approaches leading to integrative conflict resolution
(as opposed to mere compromise & distributive
outcomes) strongly echoes Gandhi's own writings
& the analyses of some Gandhi scholars. This
is especially true in the case of non-mainstream
writings that see conflict resolution techniques
as potentially being about more than the solution
of immediate problems, that see a broader personal
& societal transformation as the ultimate goal.
This article explores these connections and argues
that Gandhian satyagraha should be squarely located
within conflict resolution discourse.
D. & Milton, K. (2000). Construction
of Conflict: A Microethnographic Study. US
This paper explores the ways in which the perception
of a real-time classroom exchange serves as the
conduit to a grander socially constructed conflict
through the mediation of an asynchronous online
project of Campus Conflict Resolution
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