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School’s Out: Time for Fun, Relaxation, and Peaceful Conflict Resolution Education

Whittall, Sandy Tsubokawa
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) In Tricia S. Jones and Randy Compton, eds., Kids Working It Out: Stories and Strategies for Making Peace in Our Schools. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Pp. 275-281.

As Sandy Whittall comments, many children in the United States go to after-school programs at the end of the school day while their parents are working. After-school programs range considerably in purpose and quality, but parents are more and more expecting that their children will engage in meaningful as well as entertaining activities in such programs. In this context, and in view of the fact that antisocial behavior and juvenile crime increase dramatically in the late afternoon hours, Whittall explores how conflict resolution strategies can be infused into after-school programs. Specifically, she examines the mission and activities of the after-school program, reasons to support conflict resolution education in the program, and ways that staff can accomplish this.


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