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MEDIATION JOURNAL 1 Reflective Journal - Mediation Terrance McKnight Teachers College – Columbia University
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MEDIATION JOURNAL 2 Reflective Journal - Mediation Learning from experience involves: observation of surrounding conditions; knowledge of what has happened in similar situations in the past, a knowledge obtained partly by recollection and partly from the information, advice, and warning of those who have had a wider experience; and judgment which puts together what is observed and what is recalled to see what they signify (Deutsch, Coleman & Marcus, 2006). This has defined my experience thus far with learning how to resolve conflict through collaborative and transformative measures, and continues to do so. My last reflective journal, which gave a recap of this course’s first weekend, on the topic of negotiation, ended as follows: I am eager to begin negotiating in the real world. Classroom simulations are fine for the purpose of learning how to apply theory, but because we are in the vacuum of a safe classroom environment, the simulations do not come out exactly as they likely would in the real world, in my opinion. The contextual aspect, which is very important, will always be slightly different when the actors and situations of a conflict are real. Thus, I cannot wait to see if the skills that I learned this weekend will help me use integrative bargaining more effectively, as well as utilizing my engagement style in a less domineering manner. I have mentioned before that I can learn every theory and optimal application of the theory taught to me; however, until I am able to apply these theories to real life situations, all of the teaching is in vain. I have begun to have the opportunities to use these theories and applications in practice now; in actuality, the opportunity to practice conflict resolution occurs daily. I can now recognize those instances in which I can attempt to utilize what I have learned in this course. I welcome this ongoing challenge, as I know that I have a long way to go until I am able to effectively resolve conflict between myself and others without coming across as too domineering and/or not taking the feelings and needs of the other person into consideration. My impetus for change is that I do not like being so confrontational, or at least being perceived as such. I purposefully try to avoid conflict as
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MEDIATION JOURNAL 3 much as possible, because I do not like getting emotionally worked up. I am either completely apathetic about an issue, or completely engaged emotionally into it. I wish to learn how to handle conflict so that I can confront it without becoming emotionally drained. This drainage is what causes me to want to avoid conflict altogether; however, I cannot run from conflict forever. I finally had a productive conversation with my ex-girlfriend that did not involve any
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