Working in threes, students take turns to interview each other about their experience of a conflict situation. Notes are taken, the data is discussed and subsequently brought back to the whole group for further analysis.
to demonstrate that personal experiences can be used as evidence and as a basis for learning;
to help students engage with the concept of conflict, applying conflict to realistic situations.
to validate students previous experiences;
to encourage respect for others;
to involve students as active participants in their own learning;
to offer an opportunity to get to know other students in small groups.
describing, classifying, analysing.
This activity is useful when an introduction to the concept of conflict is needed at a particular time in a course. It is particularly suitable for Years 11 and Sixth Form students.
An ideal number is from18 to 20 students, but anything between 9 and 30 students would be acceptable.
Number of sessions
This will vary according to the tutor, the students, the time available. This can be done in one session. However, if several sessions are possible, and they can be run consecutively, then five would enable an examination of different conflict situations (see later) and an exploration of conflict management and conflict resolution.
Duration of session
Two hours per session
Students work in groups of three to ensure that they have the opportunity to discuss a range of experiences. The groups should, as far as possible, contain a mix of gender, ethnic groups, social class etc.
Within each group students take turns as interviewer, interviewee and recorder. The Interviewer takes a prompting role in collecting the relevant experience (life history) of the Interviewee and the Recorder notes key points. Note that there are various ways of conducting an interview and the more informal it is the closer it gets to becoming a conversation. At the end of the interviewing period the recorder feeds back the notes which the group can then discuss and clarify or amend as appropriate. Students should spend 20 25 minutes in each role. The teacher should tell students when it is time to change roles.
The aim is for students to talk about their life experience of a particular conflict. It will be necessary for the teacher to specify an area for example conflict within the family, at school, with peers, at a club etc.
When everyone has taken a turn in each role, students examine their data, looking for similarities and differences in experiences. They then begin a tentative analysis. 15 20 minutes for this.
The final part of the session involves a plenary. Here the teachers job is to lead the discussion and help students to analyse, classify and typify their experiences. Teachers are also responsible for encouraging a reflective approach, and, where possible, for introducing other relevant ideas and concepts.The teacher should ensure that each group is given the opportunity to contribute.