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Constructive Conflict: How Controversy Can Contribute to School Improvement


by Cynthia Uline, Megan Tschannen-Moran & Lynne Perez

Conflict, though often unsettling, is a natural part of collective human experience. It can leave participants ill at ease, so it is often avoided and suppressed. Yet conflict, when well managed, breathes life and energy into relationships and can cause individuals to be more innovative and productive. Conflict is present within our schools whether we like it or not. Educators must find ways to legitimize critique and controversy within organizational life. This article examines constructive conflict within the context of a comprehensive Midwestern high school engaged in significant reform efforts. Here conflict is employed as a means to promote individual and organizational learning and growth.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 5, 2003, p. 782-816
http://www.tcrecord.org/library ID Number: 11137, Date Accessed: 11/15/2018 6:17:36 AM


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