Evaluation of a collaborative multimedia conflict resolution curriculum

Richard Goldsworthy, Nancy Schwartz, Sasha Barab, Anita Landa

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This article describes the development and evaluation of STARstreams, a pilot effort to utilize videos and online discussions in a conflict resolution curriculum that acknowledges the inherent socio-personal aspects of conflict. The STARstreams curricula includes a set of video-based scenarios depicting conflict situations and potential resolutions to those conflicts, a web-based conferencing system for cross-classroom discussion of the scenarios, and a handbook to guide teacher implementation of the curriculum. These materials were evaluated in a 2-week field trial with four geographically diverse 5th and 6th grade classrooms. The experimental STARstreams curriculum was well-received by participating students and teachers, engendered extensive participation in online discussions about the scenarios, and had a statistically significant effect on measures of social problem solving, self-efficacy toward conflict resolution, and perceived value and satisfaction with the materials. The overall program and its development are described; classroom experiences, online discussion, and quantitative outcome measures are presented; and implications for future efforts are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)597-625
Number of pages29
JournalEducational Technology Research and Development
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Collaboration
  • Computers
  • Conflict resolution
  • Internet
  • Social problem-solving
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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