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iPEACE Education


Chapter 5 of the book is where we present the iPEACE model. My co-author, Hilary Cremin developed the iPEACE model and sets out its meaning and function in this chapter. Within the responsive iPEACE model, the P stands for "pick the right strategy". As Dr. Cremin goes on the explain...

"Conflict resolution literature identifies the following forms of peace-keeping and peace-making. The list below has been adapted to reflect the language and practices of schools:

·       Legal and formal procedures (exclusion, warnings, dismissal)

·       Punishment

·       Restorative approach

·       Mediation

·       Problem-solving circles

·       Negotiation

·       Avoidance

These strategies range from being oriented around security and procedural justice to what Lederach would call ‘elicitive’ and Rogers would call ‘person-centred’ approaches. Avoidance is the clear exception here. It is included because it is sometimes a positive act of diplomacy and wisdom.

The role of the person attempting to resolve the conflict will be different with each strategy. The best strategy in each situation depends on several factors, including the consequences of acting / not acting. These factors can be legal or practical, or they can be about prioritising teaching and learning or student wellbeing. It is important to reflect on whether there is someone who is clearly in the wrong, according to legal, social or cultural norms, and what someone in a position of authority might be expected to do about it."

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