Developing and testing a scale to assess teachers’ attitudes toward peer mediation of student disputes

Nuket Gunduz1, Huseyin Uzunboylu1, Deniz Ozcan1
1Faculty of Education, Near East University, Cyprus
Cite this article:  Gunduz, N., Uzunboylu, H., & Ozcan, D. (2017). Developing and testing a scale to assess teachers’ attitudes toward peer mediation of student disputes. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 45(10), 1745-1760.

Volume 45 Issue 10 | e6798 | Published: November 2017 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.6798

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We developed and tested a scale to assess teachers’ attitudes toward the use of peer mediation to resolve disputes between students. Participants were 373 randomly selected teachers at North Cyprus elementary schools. Contextual validity was determined based on the opinions of specialists in the fields of psychology and counseling, curriculum development, positive psychology, and peer mediation, and also Turkish language specialists. The results of confirmatory and exploratory factor analysis determined the final version of the 2-dimensional 13-item Scale of Teachers’ Attitudes Toward Peer Mediation. We assessed the internal consistency of the scale with Cronbach’s alpha and the split-half method. Validity and reliability tests yielded satisfactory results, indicating that the scale can be used in the field of training in peer mediation.

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