This searchable database contains bibliographic information for literature (research-based and policy/practice) relating to dispute resolution in special education.

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Relative satisfaction with ADR: Some empirical evidence.

This article discusses the results of a study on the relative satisfaction experienced by parties with alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Authors present advantages of ADR processes, information on the controller in the ADR processes, approach of the study; and limitations of the study.Learn more

Representation in Mediation: What We Know from Empirical Research

This article provides an overview of research on representation in mediation, presenting both original research and a review of existing studies. With a primary focus on court-connected civil cases, Wissler explains "different mediation programs appear to have reached different conclusions about...Learn more

Restorative Justice in U.S. Schools: A Research Review

[Excerpt from Overview, p.1] This report presents information garnered from a comprehensive review of the literature on restorative justice (RJ)1 in U.S. schools. The purpose of our review is to capture key issues, describe models of RJ, and summarize results from studies conducted in the field...Learn more

Restorative Practice in Special Education Dispute Resolution

This publication provides readers with information about the history and origins of Restorative Justice, before discussing the current application of Restorative Practice in educational settings. Next, we highlight the unique challenges parents and educators face while engaging in the planning...Learn more

The quick brown lawyer jumped over the mediation traps.

Once thought to be a safe haven, mediation has produced a few traps to be avoided. Both traps arise out of mediation confidentiality, codified in Evidence Code § 1115, et. seq. The first trap is the what you need to say in your written agreement to make sure it is admissible and enforceable. The...Learn more

The secrets of successful mediators.

A survey of thirty experienced mediators showed that three-quarters of them regarded achieving rapport with the parties as central to their success in bringing about settlements. This article discusses how mediators achieve and make use of that rapport. The article also considers the implications...Learn more