The project will bring together two existing products: (i) an innovative methodology for the teaching of mediation skills, based on role-playing in the classroom; (ii) a Web-based simulation tool (EUTOPIA) allowing teachers to provide use the same techniques with online learners. The project will test the effectiveness of this solution in three situations of intercommunity conflict, respectively in Cyprus, Northern Ireland and Southern Italy (where the conflict involves friction between native and immigrant communities). Read More..

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 Online Role Playng Game in Mediation of Intercommunity conflict

EUropean Training Organization Programme for Innovative and  Alternative Mediation Tool

 

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 The project will bring together two existing products: an innovative methodology for the teaching of mediation skills, based on role-playing in the classroom; a Web-based simulation tool (EUTOPIA) allowing teachers to provide use the same techniques with online learners. The project will test the effectiveness of this solution in three situations of intercommunity conflict, respectively in Cyprus, Northern Ireland and Southern Italy.
Data come out from the trial (questionnaires analysis and interactions observation) highlighted that almost all people lived strong emotions while playing the session, like anger and frustration, and that they managed to learn new communication strategies. From tutors’ point of view, three main factors have been highlighted: a) debriefing tools seems to be very useful (Susskind, Corburn, 1999); b) our tool con be used according to different modalities, both at a distance (different geographical locations) and in the same place (safeguarding anonymity), this aspect can be well applied in the blended training class’ organization, where both theory and practice take part; c) EUTOPIA seems to work well in such controversial situations, where it could be useful to have a filter instead of direct contact; trying to achieve a negotiate working through an on-line tool could help people involved to cool their emotional dimension, while working around a table could sometimes exacerbate the discussion. In other worlds, the distance (that initially seemed to be a barrier in relational dynamics) may function as a positive factor in a learning mediation skills process.

 


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