The purpose of this guide is to support tutors in resolving conflicts within Learning Sets through Interpersonal Small Group Mediation strategies.
The Purpose of Learning Set Mediation:
Learning Set’s are dynamic group structures designed to engineer and facilitate both learning and social relationships. The three principles of:
1: 6 in number;
2: Heterogeneous in character (diversely mixed);
3: Sustained overtime;
have the potential to either enable high functioning learning and social relationships or low functioning learning and social relationships. To enable the desired outcome of the Learning Set relationships must be nurtured by all 7 members of the Learning Set; the 6 students and the 1 tutor.
As with any group, problems and issues concerning relationships can emerge and if unresolved can evolve into corrosively negative group relations. The key therefore is to enable the successful resolution of substantive, communication and relational problems as they emerge. Vigilance, swift action and mediation on the part of the tutor can enable the group to locate the causes, course and consequences of the problem or issue and with this foster healthier Learning Set relationship.
A Learning Set’s success is in direct correlation with the strength of the Learning Set’s relationship.
The Product of Learning Set Mediation:
The long term goal is to enable students to better negotiate their own solutions to substantive, communication and relational problems. Students need to recognise that the relationship of the group is the responsibility of every member. Through modelling and interventions such as Learning Set Mediation, students can come to be ever more self-regulating, aware of how to negotiate their way through the complexities of learning and social relationships. Within this process the Learning Set’s tutor plays a key role.
Learning Set Mediation involves:
Voluntary participation (all members of the Learning Set agree to it)
Face-to-face discussions between the parties in conflict facilitated through the tutor as mediator
An unbiased mediator who helps those involved to understand each other’s point of view and come to an agreement
Equal opportunities for all participants to speak and explain their perspective
All relevant information being shared openly by all participants
A shared agreement between the parties
Revisiting the agreement to ensure application and resolution
To access the Learning Set Mediation Guide and Toolkit CLICK HERE
Sustainable Architecture students had a great time at Harry Potter studios, learning about modelling, architectural drawings and lots of other types of set design that will help them in the model making of their own eco classroom.
Well done everyone, you were perfectly behaved and real ambassadors 🙂
In this paragraph I will talking to you about, what makes me me. What my beliefs are, what experiences I have had that makes me me and what influence I have on others and how I act and behave.
I am a Pisces which means that my birthday is in March. I am from Trinidad and tobago. I am a tomboy but at points I like to be a girlygirl, this is mostly when I go to parties or on a special occasion. I really love music, mostly one direction, 5 seconds of summer, Ariana grande and many more. Also I love acting and drawing. I consider myself to be very creative. I am Christian which means I believe in God. The reason I am christian is mostly because of my family but also I believe that God can bring good things out in life, and if you do something bad God we will never hate and always forgive.
An experience that I have had that makes me me is when I went to Thorpe park and got over my fears of roller coasters. I think this makes me me because I used to have a huge fear of rollercoasters but when I look back at myself going on a roller coaster I can always remember that I faced my fear.
My learning set (ly2) says that my influence on them is leadership, because I am always the one that wants to present and mostly the one who gets them organised to start and finish work.
Around my family I act very polite and friendly and also when I see people I don’t know, but I think when I am around my friends I act very crazy and I am friendly and I always like to act caring for everyone.
Overall my identity contributes to the learning set because by taking the role of being the leader it helps them to be organised (sometimes). I am also really good at presenting and if some of my learning set aren’t confident I can help them out. Also when my learning set are having problems I try as much as possible to be kind and caring to help them to become more strong and take control of there feelings.
A learning set is a collective identity. It is comprised of 6 smaller identities. Therefore, mathematically, I should comprise of 1/6 of the Identity of my learning set. Bring an element of humor into the learning set. While I am not the only one, I bring what I like to call, my brand of humor. My identity is the sum of all my experiences, feeling, knowledge and my basic essence as a human. My identity is what some people would call my soul. It is what drives this intricate lump of flesh known as my body. It is my basic essence. It drives my thoughts, my actions, my feelings; it essentially creates and experiences MY experiences. This collection of experiences, feelings, knowledge, combines with 5 others to create a whole new set of experiences, feelings and knowledge.