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Glossary of CRE-Related Terms

Our browseable glossary of terms related to conflict resolution in education provides quick access to terms you may hear used in the field.

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  • Accommodation/smoothing
    Definition: A style of conflict resolution in which one person gives in or accedes to the wishes of the other
    Related term(s): Giving in - nurturing style of conflict management
  • Acknowledgment
    Definition: confirming behavior that indicates awareness of or interest in the other person's perceptions, comments, or questions
  • Action-oriented listeners
    Definition: listeners who concentrate mostly on the task at hand and prefer to listen to people who present information in a logical and organized way
  • Affect displays
    Definition: spontaneous facial expression of emotion
    Related term(s): Emotional expressions, facial expressions
  • Bargaining
    Definition: Competitive negotiation process
    Related term(s): Competitive negotiation, win-lose negotiation, hardball negotiation
  • Bargaining range
    Definition: The overlap of the settlement ranges of the bargainers
  • Biases
    Definition: Perceiving something in a way that is not accurate
    Related term(s): misperception
  • Brainstorming
    Definition: Generating ideas for solving a problem before evaluating or critiquing those ideas
    Related term(s): Generating solutions
  • Bullying
    Definition: Repeated, intentional aggressive behavior intended to harm another and to create power imbalance
    Related term(s): teasing
  • Caucusing
    Definition: When a mediator meets individually with one of the parties in the mediation to talk about issues
  • Causal inference
    Definition: Assumptions we make about what causes a certain effect, usually refers to judgments we make about why people do things
    Related term(s): attributions
  • Certainty communication
    Definition: Defensive communication that suggests you are completely right and completely certain that you are right
  • Clarifying response
    Definition: a confirming behavior that acknowledges someone by asking for more information about what they've just said or done
    Related term(s): Asking for clarification
  • Classroom agreements
    Definition: Agreements negotiated by students and teachers about acceptable behavior in the classroom
    Related term(s): Classroom rules
  • Classroom management style
    Definition: A general tendency to be either hands-on, hands-off or hands-together as a style of dealing with classroom management
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