Violence and Conflict in Schools: Negotiating Pathways to Wellbeing

  • James O’Higgins-NormanEmail author
  • Edward J. Hall
Part of the International Handbooks of Religion and Education book series (IHRE, volume 3)


Progressive educationalists have identified the skills that are needed to intelligently manage life and to participate in society, namely, critical thinking, problem solving, communicating and collaboration. We argue that to some degree schools have become environments that are so extremely organised and controlled that young people experience themselves as strangers in an environment that does not appreciate the core characteristics of their generation such as a sense of confidence and an expectation that one will make a positive contribution to society. A further concern is the fear that the violence which has become widespread in society will find its way into schools thus changing them from the safe havens they are meant to provide for students. In this chapter, we will argue that creating a participatory climate in moments of violence and conflict in schools is essential to the maintenance of a safe and caring environment where the wellbeing of students and staff is protected. Understanding the principles of negotiation and mediation is important in making programs in mediation effective.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education StudiesDublin City UniversityDublin 9Ireland

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