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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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  • Interpersonal negotiation strategies
    Definition: Selman's theory of strategies that children use in conflict at various stages of conflict competence
  • Intractable conflict
    Definition: conflicts that have escalated to a point where management or resolution is extremely unlikely
    Related term(s): Unsolvable conflict
  • Issue proliferation
    Definition: bringing additional issues to a conflict beyond the issues the conflict itself is about, increases conflict escalation
    Related term(s): ",kitchen sink", syndrome
  • Joint session
    Definition: In mediation when all the parties to the conflict are in the same room with the mediator(s) and are discussing the conflict
  • Kinesics
    Definition: the study of nonverbal communication through body movement
    Related term(s): Body language
  • Lead mediator
    Definition: In a co-mediation situation, the mediator who leads or has the most authority to guide the mediation process
  • Legitimate power
    Definition: Influence we have because of our formal position or role
    Related term(s): Hierarchical power
  • Limbic system
    Definition: the part of the brain that is associated with instinctive survival impulses
    Related term(s): Reptilian brain
  • Listening
    Definition: the process of receiving, attending to, and assigning meaning to aural stimuli
  • Low-context (LC) communication
    Definition: a message in which the mass of the information is vested in the explicit code, used to define cultures in communication
  • Mediation
    Definition: The process of a third party facilitating negotiation between disputants without making a decision for them
  • Mediator
    Definition: The third party who helps parties negotiate by facilitating their communication and helping them problem-solve but who does not have decision-making power
  • Message levels
    Definition: every time we communicate, we are sending a message with two levels of information: the content and the relational levels
  • Meta-communication
    Definition: communicating about our communication
  • Meta-emotions
    Definition: how we feel about our feelings, emotions about our emotions
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