STARSTREAMS: MULTIMEDIA AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Department of Health and Human Services
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ACADEMIC EDGE, INC.
ACADEMIC EDGE, INC., 2185 GARDEN SPRINGS DR, LEXINGTON, KY, 40504
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
AbstractDESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): There is a national need for conflict resolution and peace education. Skit-based performances and open discussion are two frequently successful methods of working with children to develop conflict resolution skills. This project is creating a core set of conflict resolution modules along with ongoing new video-scenarios and educational materials that explore various conflict situations, providing these materials directly and over the web into classrooms, and providing a web-based conferencing forum for children to discuss the situations presented in the skits with each other, and with therapists experienced with conflict resolution and the actors playing the characters in the skits, thereby fostering communities among participating classrooms. The Phase I effort clearly demonstrated feasibility: all milestones were met and significant gains were observed in all aspects of the field trial. Phase II will continue the work effort by completing a set of 6 "core" conflict resolution modules, creating an online student and teacher Workshop, and developing an extensive and extensible set of online and hardcopy teacher support materials. For Phase II, three summative evaluation activities will be conducted as part of the test of feasibility: analysis of (1) the classroom experiences when using the materials. (2) the online dialogue of the student-participants, and (3) the data gathered from a controlled (waitlisted) pre-post design (N=352). 16 classes will participate at the same time across a one-year period. Based on the intermediary and final outcomes of the field trial, the STARstreams will be revised once more prior to delivering to market.
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