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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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  • Power resource
    Definition: Something that gives us the ability to have power over or influence others to do what we want
    Related term(s): Power currency
  • Primary appraisals
    Definition: In Lazarus' theory, initial evaluations we make about a situation that results in our having either positive or negative feelings about that thing
  • Primary emotions
    Definition: emotions that are categorically distinct, found in all cultures, and discernable by facial expression
    Related term(s): Basic emotions, universal emotions
  • Principled Negotiation
    Definition: A cooperative approach to negotiation
    Related term(s): Cooperative negotiation, collaborative negotiation, interest-based negotiation, win-win negotiation
  • Problem orientation
    Definition: Non-defensive communication that shows you are trying to focus on the problem rather than personal attack
  • Procedural strategy
    Definition: In mediation, a strategy used by the mediator to control process
    Related term(s): Agenda-setting
  • Process
    Definition: something that is constantly changing, dynamic, having no definite beginning or ending
  • Prospective goals
    Definition: Goals we have in conflict before we engage in conflict management behavior
  • Provisionalism
    Definition: Non-defensive communication that shows you are not completely certain you are correct, there's a possibility the other is correct
  • Proxemics
    Definition: the study of nonverbal communication through spatial behavior
    Related term(s): Spatial behavior
  • Purposive attribution
    Definition: when we evaluate a behavior as voluntary or intentional
  • Reactive attribution
    Definition: when we evaluate the behavior as relatively involuntary or accidental
  • Reciprocal strategies
    Definition: One of Selman's interpersonal negotiation strategies in which children realize that one must get agreement from both parties, but they don't understand that these must be mutually satisfying agreements
  • Recognition
    Definition: a type of confirming behavior in which you recognize the other person is there and has sent a bid
  • Referent power
    Definition: Influence we have because of personal charisma or because of the group we belong to
    Related term(s): Charisma, personal charm
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