Mediation in Education – What It Is And How It Can Benefit You
There are a number of reasons why you might want to discuss Mediation in Education with your faculty adviser. In the main, these situations include the need for more resources or flexibility, an individual student who has made a major impact on your teaching and has expressed concern about his or her learning, an instructor who is unsatisfied with the structure of the curriculum, or an administrative problem that may hinder progress in some areas of study. This article examines the possibility of using mediation in education to achieve any of these outcomes.
The first factor is the issue of time. Most students find it extremely difficult to stick with a course load.
Furthermore, as mentioned, some students do not understand or have no concept of how this is an essential experience. Some cannot absorb enough information, some learn very quickly, some spend too much time learning, and others do not have the drive or the time to make the required progress. It is for these students that education would benefit by setting up a Mediation in Education program.
If you are able to establish a successful mediation program, you will be providing a great benefit to your students. When students are able to participate in a mediation process, it gives them the opportunity to speak with an objective third party who can provide sound advice and constructive criticism.
This “third person” is a type of meditation involves listening to yourself and others. It takes courage to speak out and to put yourself in front of people, but it also presents an opportunity to gain valuable insight into the problem.
Mediating allows students to confront their challenges without fear or hesitation. People often have a fear of making a mistake and therefore do not take a risk when it comes to their education. With a mediator present, they are no longer confined to a specified agenda.
Another good thing about mediation is that it lets both parties feel their voice and that of their counsel. With this feature, everyone gains valuable insight, an insight that could otherwise be unavailable in other settings.
When you meditate, you open the dialogue to the students, thereby allowing them to express their concerns and to let you know what is working and what is not. Finally, it gives students a chance to take responsibility for their own education. When they realize that they are a contributing part of the problem, they become more inclined to solve their own problems.
If your institution is able to create a mediation process that is properly managed, you may be able to try alternate routes to success. One of the most effective is the use of a CAPA (Completely Applied Stress Analysis) that will highlight areas where students need specific attention.
The stress level of each student’s needs will then be identified. For example, if a certain section of a specific unit needs more attention than other sections, that portion may be given more attention. It is possible to identify students that are experiencing symptoms of severe stress that may require additional help in their learning.
After that, students can start the process by taking a brief exam designed to measure how prepared they are for the CAPA. The results of the CAPA are then used to assess their readiness to enter the course at the conclusion of the course.
The most important aspect of mediation is that it not only provides students with a way to express their feelings but also to address their problems. With that, students have a greater sense of control over their learning. In turn, this is a benefit that all of us can be proud of.
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