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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: Building Partnerships: A Contemporary Approach to Conflict Management

By: This book embodies the win-win approach to conflict management within business situations, while emphasizing partnering and collaborative approaches.
Date: 1999
Publisher: 0
Pages: ISBN: 0072400382
ISBN/ISSN: major booksellers

Title: Teaching Democracy by Being Democratic

By: Becker, Theodore L., ed.; Couto, Richard A., ed.
Date: 1996
This volume links theory to practice by featuring tested techniques in teaching democracy by being democratic in the classroom. The book is divided into three parts and six chapters with an introduction presenting a theoretical and analytical framework of democracy and democratic pedagogy. Part 1 features "The Democratic Classroom" and includes (1) "Students in Charge" (William R. Caspary) and (2) "Personal Empowerment" (Louis Herman). Part 2, "Beyond Classrooms and Internships," contains (3) "Service Learning: Integrating Community Issues and the Curriculum" (Richard A. Couto) and (4) "Applying Democratic Theory in Community Organizations (Richard Guarasci; Craig A. Rimmerman). Part 3, "Innovative Democratic Institutions within the University," discusses (5) "The Community Mediation Service: A Model for Teaching Democracy and Conflict Resolution" (Christa Daryl Slaton) and (6) "Televote: Interactive, Participatory Polling" (Theodore L. Becker). The volume concludes with an afterword, a bibliography, and an index. (CB)
Publisher: Westport, CT: Praeger
Pages: 184

Title: Conquest of Violence: The Gandhian Philosophy of Conflict

By: Bondurant, Joan V.
Date: 1965
This book introduces the reader to the political thought and activity of Mahatma Gandhi.
Publisher: Berkeley: University of California Press

Title: Court-Annexed Mediation: Critical Perspectives on Selected State and Federal Programs

By: Bergman, Edward J.; Bickerman, John G.
Date: 1998
This book examines the varied means by which state and federal legal systems are integrating mediation into their dispute resolution procedures. The book gives ADR practitioners, scholars, and court administrators detailed studies of innovative court mediation. It provides sophisticated analysis and commentary about specific programs, as well as broader insights into the overall development of court ADR over the past 20 years.
Publisher: Pike & Fischer, Inc.
Pages: 384
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 0937275042
Obtain From: Major booksellers and libraries

Title: Ombudsman Handbook

By: Hendry, James B.
Date: 1987
This handbook explains the process of settling short-term insurance claims through memoranda and other documents used in the office of the Short-term Insurance Ombudsman.
Publisher: Corporate Ombudsman Assoc., Inc.
Pages: 60+

Title: Getting to Peace: Transforming Conflict at Home, at Work, and in the World

By: Ury, William L.
Date: 1999
In this book, the author proposes a new approach for conflict resolution called the "Third Side," which gets disputants to think outside of perspectives that only allow for two, opposing perspectives. This third side can be filled by the roles of mediation and negotiation. The insights offered by the author can be applies to conflicts in the workplace, at home, or in the community.
Publisher: Viking Press
Pages: 256
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 0670887587
Obtain From: Major booksellers and libraries.

Title: Origins of Violence: Approaches to the Study of Conflict, The

By: Rapoport, Anatol
Date: 1989
Publisher: New York: Professors' World Peace Academy
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 0943852471
Obtain From: Libraries and major booksellers

Title: Cultural Divides: Understanding and Overcoming Group Conflict

By: Prentice, Deborah A., ed.; Miller, Dale T., ed.
Date: 1999
Can a population of increasingly mixed origins learn to live and work together despite differing cultural backgrounds? Or, is social polarization by race and ethnicity inevitable? These are the dilemmas explored in Cultural Divides, a compendium of the latest research into the origins and nature of group conflict, undertaken by a distinguished group of social psychologists who have joined forces to examine the effects of culture on social life. -Russel Sage Foundation
Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
Pages: 368
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 0871546906
Obtain From: major booksellers

Title: Once Upon a Conflict: A Fairytale Manual of Conflict Resolution For All Ages

By: Leimdorfer, Tom
Date: 1992
This booklet presents six fairy tales each written from several different viewpoints, to produce a set of problem solving exercises designed to stimulate creative thinking about conflict. The stories provide material for discussion or role-play, adaptable to a variety of age groups. --- You Can Conflict Resolution
Publisher: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: Network: Interaction for Conflict Resolution
Obtain From: out of print find in libraries or Network: Interaction for Conflict Resolution

Title: Strengthening Departmental Leadership: A Team-Building Guide for Chairs in Colleges and Universities The Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series

By: Lucas, Ann F.
Date: 1994
This book demonstrates how academic chairs at institutions of higher education can learn the skills that are essential to their becoming leaders and faculty developers and having a significant impact on their departments. The book assists chairs in building cohesive teams in their departments and facilitates learning and using survival skills. It is designed to be highly practical, presenting sensible advice on handling problems that occur frequently in college and university departments. The book provides a goal-setting framework and action steps that result in leadership knowledge and skills. Specific chapters address: (1) opportunities departmental chairs have to handle specific challenges confronting higher education, and barriers that prevent chairs from becoming leaders and team builders; (2) a leadership matrix which measures nine major leadership and faculty development responsibilities and assesses strengths and target areas for development; (3) step-by-step method for developing a vision that will elicit the commitment of the department; (4) motivating, evaluating, and rewarding faculty members; (5) supporting effective teaching; (6) providing feedback on classroom teaching; (7) enhancing commitments to scholarship and service; (8) team building through supportive communication; (9) managing conflict and playing the role of third-party facilitator; (10) using feedback from the department; (11) the dean's role in developing departmental leadership; (12) stress reduction interventions; and (13) personal strategies for strengthening leadership effectiveness. Contains approximately 260 references. (JDD)
Pages: 295

Title: Violence and Conflict

By: Benson, Susan; Benson, Edmund
Date: 1999
This book offers assistance to adolescents in managing conflict, decision making, and dealing with authority. There is an instructor's manual and an additional learner's workbook.
Publisher: Arise Foundation
Pages: 32
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 1586140205(instructor's manual and learner's workbook),1586140213(addt'l learner's wkbk)
Obtain From: major booksellers

Title: New Ways of Managing Conflict

By: Likert, Rensis; Likert, Jane G.
Date: 1976
This book applies a systems theory of conflict to a variety of settings. It is applied to the university environment in the chapter "System 4 Structure Applied to Conflicts in Universities"
Publisher: New York: McGraw-Hill
Pages: 370
Obtain From: McGraw Hill

Title: Presidents, Professors, and Trustees

By: Cowley, W. H.
Date: 1980
Publisher: San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

Title: Managing Interpersonal Conflict

By: Donohue, William A.
Date: 1992
This book aims to help readers better understand and ultimately manage their routine interpersonal conflicts. Specifically, the book walks readers through the conflict process--from the initial decision of whether or not to confront differences to how to plan the actual confrontation. Donohue deals extensively with the negotiation process and, if negotiation proves unsuccessful, with third-party dispute resolution. The book emphasizes keeping conflicts under control and keeping focused on the issues.
Publisher: Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications
Pages: 184
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 0803933126
Obtain From: Sage Publications, Inc.