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Student Conflict Resolution Bookshelf

Note: Each issue of our Conflict Management in Higher Education Report includes some reviews of books and resources. See our table of contents to past resource reviews for quick access.

On this page we provide somewhat random selection of books on topics we think might interest students exploring our field.

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Title: Violence Prevention Skills Lessons and Activities for Secondary Students

By: Begun, Ruth Weltmann ; Huml, Frank J.
Date: 1998
This book is designed to assist teachers and counselors in predicting and preventing violent behavior. This ready-to-use curriculum gives provides strategies for dealing with the issues of gangs, guns, drugs, retribution, and other issues.
Publisher: West Nyack, NY: Center for Applied Research in Education
Pages: 256
ISBN/ISSN: 876289170
Obtain From: all major booksellers

Title: Beyond the Rangeland Conflict: Toward a West that Works

By: Dagget, Dan
Date: 2000
Written by an environmentalist, this book is about the radical idea that people can be more effective at getting what they want by working together than they can be by fighting each other. The book uses ten examples of environmentalists and ranchers working together including open space disputes, endangered species, collaborative team-building, and the power of a shared vision.
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Pages: 112
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 0966622901
Obtain From: major booksellers

Title: Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline: The Seven Basic Skills for Turning Conflict into Cooperation

By: Bailey, Rebecca Anne
Date: 2000
This book presents seven skills to be utilized by parents towards their children in order to reduce conflict and promote cooperation.
Publisher: William Morrow & Co.
Pages: 285
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 0688161162
Obtain From: major booksellers

Title: Parable of a President

By: Haak, Harold H.
Date: 1982
A fictional account of 1 school year in the life of a university president is presented to illustrate the conflicts within the university. A meeting with state officials regarding the university's 1979-1980 budget request is described, including the president's pre-meeting anticipation and his thoughts about the dynamics of interactions. Diverse phone calls received by the president are interspersed with his serious reflections regarding the budget request document and the political influences to the state decision-making process. After the legislative budget committee meeting, the president's responsibilities included: an all-day planning retreat on general education; a meeting with the State Education Commission regarding the university's academic master plan; meeting with the campus attorney regarding employee and student litigation and grievances; and a session with the faculty executive committee. The concept of "up-tight management," which emphasizes the simultaneous, or mixed, presence of conflict-oriented models along with various models that de-emphasize conflict, is discussed in an afterward. The president placed a high priority on building a consensus on institutional purposes and priorities. The college was stressful because of disagreements about the university's goals as well as conflicting process or procedural models. The school was in transition from a teachers college to a liberal arts college, and then to a regional university. (SW)
Publisher: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, D.C.
Pages: 75

Title: Lurking Evil: Racial and Ethnic Conflict on the College Campus AASCU Issues

By: Hively, Robert Ed
Date: 1990
This publication represents the views of a group of university presidents who met on the White House grounds and at the National Capital to survey the rise in violence in all American universities and to assist in appraising and solving the pressing problems that arise from racial and ethnic tensions on the country's campuses. Titles and authors of individual papers include: "Spirit of a Campus" (Anthony Ceddia); "Washington Forum on Campus Violence: Some Points of View" (Robert Hess); "The College as a Racial Model for Society" (Jimmy Jenkins); "The Identification and Elimination of Subtle Forms of Discrimination on the College Campus" (John LaTourette); "Extinguishing at the Flashpoint" (Craig Willis); "A Case Study of the President's Role in Creating a Healthy Racial/Ethnic Climate" (Kenneth Shaw); "Recruitment of Underrepresented Faculty and Administrators" (James Rosser); "A Case Study: Campus Action and Video Film, 'Still Burning'" (Michael Hooker); "A Design for Diversity: Proactive Planning to Reduce Ethnic Tensions and to Enhance Human Resources" (Eugene Hughes); "Preventive Planning at the System Level" (Bruce Johnstone); "A Model: A University's Strategies and Actions from 'Sit-In' to Resolution" (Donald Gerth); "Strategies to Accommodate Change" (John Welty); "Ethnically and Racially Diverse Faculty: A Response to Change" (Dale Nitzschke et al.); "Suppression and Controls on American College Campuses" (David Tatel); "The First Amendment and Racial Harassment on Campus: A Selective Bibliography" (David Tatel et al.); and "Now Liberals Are Censors" (George Will). (JDD)
Publisher: Washington D.C.: American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Pages: 135
Obtain From: ERIC

Title: Reconcilable Differences: Turning Points in Ethnopolitical Conflict

By: Byrne, Sean, ed.; Irvin, Cynthia L., ed.
Date: 2000
This book examines the factors that contribute to inter-group, ethnopolitical conflict and defines mechanisms essential to peace-building and resolution.
Publisher: Kumarian Press
Pages: 240
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 1565491084(paperback), 1565491092 (hardcover)
Obtain From: major booksellers

Title: Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles: Winning for a Lifetime

By: Kurcinka, Mary Sheedy
Date: 2000
This book addresses how to manage a parent-child relationship so confrontations can lead to a productive relationship instead of one of hostility. The author examines various scenarios and then techniques to deal with them.
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 320
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 0060182881
Obtain From: major booksellers

Title: Introduction to Arbitration

By: Crowther, Harold
Date: 1998
This work is intended for those with little previous knowledge of arbitration and also to serve as a practice manual for serious students of the field. Crowther provides a detailed analysis of the 1996 Arbitration Act, a brief review of the history of arbitration in England, and a breakdown of the arbitration process itself.
Publisher: London, England: LLP Ltd., Legal Publishing Division
Pages: 332
ISBN/ISSN: 185978831

Title: Divorce Mediation and the Legal Process: British Practice and International Experience

By: Dingwall, Robert J., ed.; Eekelaar, J.M., ed.
Date: 1988
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press

Title: Discrimination, Harassment, and the Failure of Diversity Training - What to do Now

By: Hemphill, Helen; Haines, Ray
Date: 1997
The focus of diversity trainers on awareness, understanding and appreciating differences has not resulted in effective training. Hemphil and Haines suggest that diversity training should focus on eliciting change in workplace behaviors.
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN/ISSN: 1567201091
Obtain From: Major booksellers, Libraries

Title: Northern Ireland Question: Unionism, Nationalism and Partition, The

By: Barton, Brian ; Roche, Patrick J.
Date: 1999
The Northern Ireland Question: Nationalism, Unionism and Partition examines the political content of the unionist and nationalist ideologies" which have emerged in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Ireland. The focus of the book is also to examine and assess the impact of unionist and nationalist thinking and the commitment on political and economic life in the 20th century." Northern Ireland Unionist Party
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Company
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 1840144904
Obtain From: Libraries and major booksellers.

Title: Violence in America: An Encyclopedia

By: Gottesman, Ronald, ed.; et al.
Date: 2000
This is an encyclopedia of essays on violence in the United States examining the social conditions involved and analyzing cause and effect. Topics include individuals, specific events, social conditions, and cultural trends.
Publisher: Charles Scribners Sons/Reference
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 0684804875
Obtain From: Major booksellers

Title: Directory of Law School Dispute Resolution Courses and Programs: A Directory of Courses, Clinics, Professors, Key Contacts, Sample Course Descriptions, and Teaching Methods in Dispute Resolution

By: Conlin, Ellen; Kumamoto, Brian; Clare, Anne L.
Date: 1986
Washington, DC: American Bar Association Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution
Publisher: 95

Title: Creative Academic Bargaining: Managing Conflict in the Unionized College and University

By: Birnbaum, Robert
Date: 1980
The evolution of collective bargaining in higher education and factors that lead academic bargaining from destructive conflict to cooperation are examined. Academic bargaining is viewed as a form of shared authority, but one with unusual institutional and organizational problems that may lead toward destructive, rather than constructive conflict. The specific nature of the context, situation, and persons involved in bargaining, and their effect upon the nature of conflict are considered, as are perceptions, behaviors, and communication patterns that are likely to result when groups are locked into traditional bargaining structures. Behaviors and programs that may assist in conflict management and lead the parties toward more creative and constructive bargaining are suggested. A number of dispute resolution techniques that have been developed in industrial bargaining and their application in academic settings are described, as are changes in the traditional bargaining relationship that can be made prior to the initiation of bargaining, or during the bargaining interaction itself. Tactical considerations in creative bargaining, ways of increasing the problem-solving potential in the bargaining institution, the uses of third parties, and other approaches by which behaviors of the parties can change unilaterally to promote creative bargaining relationships are examined. References are included. (SW)
Publisher:
Pages: 270

Title: Mending the Cracks in the Ivory Tower: Strategies for Conflict Management in Higher Education

By: Holton, Susan
Date: 1998
Faculty and administrators in higher education inevitably encounter conflict in their complex and challenging roles. With a particular focus on department chairs and deans, this edited volume helps analyze the many kinds of personal and institutional conflicts most commonly faced in higher education and provides the necessary tools and methods for conflict management and resolution. Contributors share their expertise with case studies, questions, examples, and strategies. This book shows how the proper management of conflict can improve working relationships, departments, and entire institutions.
Publisher: Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing Company
Pages: 288
Obtain From: Anker Publishing Company