Capstone/Dissertation Title

Building a classroom community to create a condition optimal for student lead peace circles

Term

2011

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

My capstone question was, what are the attitudes that support middle school students in being able to participate in peace circles? The motivating factor for this capstone was the social interactions of middle school students and a need for a strong support system for dealing with conflicts inside and outside of school. A qualitative research approach was used to address the capstone question specifically document analysis. Perspectives from Michelle Borba, Daniel Goleman, Thomas Lickona, and Kay Prantis, are noted throughout. The qualitative method of document analysis and the use of combined theories for specific classroom practice. Chapter Four discusses the results of the research and defines the attitudes that support the middle school student participation in Peace Circles. Results focus on the following skills: Empathy, conscience, self-control, respect, and humility.

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